Today’s another one of those days at LSO St Luke’s where the music-making is left to others than those in the orchestra. In the lunchtime recital slot we had a solo piano, but now it’s time to be transported to… to…
Well, wherever it is, it will be in the company of Tunisian oud player and singer Dhafer Youssef and his band, four musicians from a European jazz background who are the latest in a line of collaborators over the past 20-odd years. They will be performing music from their forthcoming album as part of one of the LSO’s various music strands that the LSO St Luke’s 10th birthday festival is incorporating - UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica.
Devoted to bringing music from various world musical traditions and backgrounds to LSO St Luke’s, to LSO audiences and indeed to neither of those things, and in partnership – or not - with LSO players Eclectica has been running since 2005. Some artists, like Youssef, make several visits (he’ll be back in April next year at the Barbican with the orchestra and Kristjan Järvi). Others, like Jason Yarde, work with the orchestra in other ways – the saxophonist and composer has worked on LSO composer schemes and has had work commissioned by the orchestra. Or there may be exchanges with other forms of artistic expression: photographers, film makers, aerialists – even, who knows maybe one day, bloggers.
The group is rehearsing now. I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to listen in for a bit before tonight’s gig.