Tomorrow’s Warriors announce Nu Civilisation Orchestra: Hejira and Mingus – an exciting and distinctive six-date tour of the UK this November to celebrate the jazz legend Charles Mingus’ centenary. The tour will be across six cities, including London’s Southbank Centre during EFG London Jazz Festival, plus Liverpool, Brighton, Poole, Bristol and Sunderland, with tickets on sale now.
The Nu Civilisation Orchestra: Hejira and Mingus UK tour will feature the acclaimed vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and Tomorrow’s Warriors alumna ESKA. The tour will explore the music of two legends: Joni Mitchell, through her classic, jazz-influenced album ‘Hejira’, and Mitchell’s work with the great Charles Mingus, that was recorded shortly before his death.
Gifted pianist, composer and musical director Peter Edwards will once again lead new creative collaborations following Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s recent triumphant concert with Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ at Jazz à La Villette festival in Paris. Edwards will lead a 19-piece Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO) featuring players such as Sarah Tandy (piano), Rosie Turton (trombone), Jay Darwish (bass), Eddie Hick (drums), Tello Morgado (percussion) and more.
ESKA said, “I’m really honoured to be a part of the Hejira and Mingus tour. Both Mitchell and Mingus are huge influences and inspirations to me, and it will be an honour to pay tribute and homage to the true Jazz great Charles Mingus in his centenary year. Having come through the Tomorrow’s Warriors incredible Learning Programme in my early career, I know the breadth, value and impact of their work, so when I was invited to be a part of this tour I jumped at the chance. It’s been five years since we last celebrated Hejira for a one-off event, so it’s wonderful to expand the concept properly and make it a six date tour. I can’t wait to hit the road with the Tomorrow’s Warriors and Nu Civilisation Orchestra.”
Nu Civilisation Orchestra previously performed a reimagining of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, featuring guest vocalists ESKA, Lisa Hannigan, Emel Mathlouthi, Nadine Shah and the poet Sabrina Mahfouz for International Women’s Day at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2017.
Full Tour Dates:
13 November Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool – ticket link
17 November Southbank Centre, EFG London Jazz Festival – ticket link
19 November Brighton Dome – ticket link
20 November Lighthouse, Poole – ticket link
24th November St Georges, Bristol – ticket link
27th November Firestation, Sunderland – ticket link