MATTHEW HERBERT’S BREXIT BIG BAND AND THE LONDON BREXIT CHOIR
since 2001, matthew herbert has performed all over the world with his big band, from montreux jazz festival to trafalgar square, from the hollywood bowl to the sydney opera house. for the last few years however the band has taken a backseat to more of his experimental work made out of pigs, bombs and bodies. now in 2017, matthew has announced that he is to restart the big band in response to the challenges of britain’s departure from the european union. the project started when article 50 was triggered, and will continue over two years with live shows, recordings and workshops until the point that the uk leaves the eu in 2019. the project will end with the release of an album recorded across europe. the public can contribute to the project by leaving a sound or recording on brexitsoundswap.eu and these many sounds will find their way onto the final release. in october, matthew will bring this project, along with some songs from previous albums ( goodbye swingtime 2002, there’s me and there’s you 2008) for a debut concert at the barbican in london. he will joined by british and european musicians as well as singers and a choir for what should be an emotional evening.
Esmeralda has been appointed Choral Music Director for the Barbican show and has put together a choir of over 100 community singers from all different backgrounds and ages to support Matthew’s vision. She has co-produced the choir addition, has run all mass rehearsals and has conducted the final show at Barbican.
Esmeralda has also been part of the team for Matthew Herbert’s Montreux Jazz Festival Japan show: casting Tokyo based choirs and singers for Tokyo Brexit Choir (Java Choir) and supervising the rehearsal process.