325 Tomorrow’s Warriors Soon Come Big Band present The Nutcracker Suite, Junior Band + Loucin Moskofian
7 December @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In 1960 composer Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn decided to reinvent Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet classic The Nutcracker as a jazzy, brassy “melting pot of musical styles past and present,” according to The New York Times. The Sugar Plum Fairy becomes the sultry Sugar Rum Cherry, while the Dance of the Reed Pipes becomes Toot Toot Tootie Toot. In a rare performance the blistering talent of Tomorrow’s Warriors Soon Come Big Band bring this vibrant suite to life on our stage
Tomorrow’s Warriors mission is to inspire, foster and grow a vibrant community of artists, audiences and leaders who together will transform the lives of future generations by increasing opportunity, diversity and excellence in and through jazz. Gilles Peterson: “Can’t overstate the impact that Tomorrow’s Warriors has had on the current music scene in London.”
Junior Band – drawn from Junior Warriors, the youngest session for Tomorrow’s Warriors acclaimed Young Artist Development Programme, this ensemble of five musicians already shows great promise. Under the tutelage of Aleksandra Topczewska, they have a grounding in jazz language and the jazz tradition. They have previously performed at Alexandra Palace and the Southbank Centre.
Loucin Moskofian – Loucin is a London-based vocalist and songwriter with her influences rooted in jazz, neo-soul and RnB. As part of several projects including vocalist for Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline and backing vocalist for Poppy Ajudha, Loucin has performed at festivals and venues across the world. Taken aback by the crowd’s hushed reaction at her first public performance, Loucin realised her voice could command an audience’s attention. Her original project has been a way for her to connect with her audiences and reflect on issues like marginalisation, identity and oppression.
An event for all ages. Pay-What-You-Can ticket on door (suggested ticket price £5).