Laura Jurd & guests ft. the Ligeti Quartet, Dinosaur, Heida Mobeck & Anja Lauvdal

Sage Two

Curated by trumpet player/composer Laura Jurd, Stepping Back, Jumping In is a celebration of new sounds featuring world-class improvisers and contemporary music-makers from Norway and the UK, resulting in a dynamic, 14-piece ensemble.

Co-commissioned by Sage Gateshead and Kings Place, London Jumping In features long-time collaborators the Ligeti Quartet as part of this unique 14-piece line-up, the work sees Laura return to her love of contemporary composition, whilst making a feature of distinctive improvisers within the ensemble.

With Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur at the core, Jurd invites contemporary string specialists, the Ligeti Quartet; acclaimed Norwegian tuba + electronics duo Heida Mobeck & Anja Lauvdal and British/Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar; plus UK master-improvisers Rob Luft; Raphael Clarkson and Liz Exell to join forces to premiere some brand-new works written specially for the ensemble.

The piece takes inspiration from country and Americana as well as the rhythmic energy of rock and roll, alongside some moments of reflective improvisation. This meeting of contrasting timbres and textures has resulted in a free-spirited, high-energy new work, undoubtedly one of Jurd’s most ambitious pieces to date.

The ensemble will be premiering a number of newly commissioned works by various members of the ensemble, including compositions by Laura Jurd, Heida Mobeck/Anja Lauvdal, Elliot Galvin and Soosan Lolovar. A bold and ambitious meeting of creative minds, this is sure to be a unique and spell-binding evening, showcasing the sonic magnitude of some of Europe’s most intriguing and eclectic composer-performers.

Laura Jurd – trumpet
Elliot Galvin – piano
Conor Chaplin – bass
Corrie Dick – drums / percussion

Ligeti Quartet
Mandhira de Saram – violin
Patrick Dawkins – violin
Richard Jones – viola
Val Welbanks – cello

Heida Mobeck – tuba
Anja Lauvdal – electronics

Soosan Lolavar – dulcimer
Raphael Clarkason – trombone
Rob Luft – acoustic guitars
Liz Exell – drums / percussion

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