• LJF: Chelsea Carmichael: Evolve Commission Premiere

  • Stage

Price

  • £8.00 Full Price

Length

  • 70

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Chelsea Carmichael is an understated innovator and educator, quietly adding her own contribution to the iteration of jazz that has evolved on these islands. She’s a warm and hypnotic player, who brings subtle and considered improvisation to everything she does.

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Chelsea Carmichael is an understated innovator and educator, quietly adding her own contribution to the iteration of jazz that has evolved on these islands. She’s a warm and hypnotic player, who brings subtle and considered improvisation to everything she does.

 

She grew up in Warrington with her parents, who before she was born, were dancers. Dipping into her dad's record collection was where she found her love of music and started on the journey of absorbing the musical culture of the Jamaican side of her family. 

 

“When we talk of Windrush, a lot of the conversations are centred around the experiences of those moving to major cities like London. Whilst these stories are invaluable, the experiences of those who moved to more rural, less diverse areas of the UK are often overlooked. This Evolve commission explores the histories of those who travelled to smaller villages and towns in the North of England, like Lancaster. It's an incredibly personal project to me - having grown up in Culcheth, Warrington, my story and my Father's story is something that I have found differs a lot from the experiences of my peers and their parents where I live now, in London."

 Through conversations with Caribbean elders, and connecting with her own families' journey to the UK, the music will reflect the unique experiences of this generation, and stories that aren't often told. 

 She will be bringing a sextet of musicians, to perform a suite of music called 'Kitchen Prayer/Let It Stay Here'

 “I’m trying to serve the music in two senses,” she says. “In real time, on the bandstand, by asking ‘what does the music require, what can I bring?’ But also in terms of how to move music forward. The nature of jazz is that it always moves forward and always changes. I’ll be trying to move the music forward for the rest of my life.”

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