Last year saw the release of 'There's Me and There's You' the second big band album by Producer / Composer / Protest musician Matthew Herbert.
On this album, Herbert (who's collaborations include artists as diverse as Bjork, Dizzee Rascal, Quincy Jones, REM, Roisin Murphy and Yoko Ono) blends lush jazz instrumentation, fascinating rhythms, an arsenal of outlandish, purpose-recorded samples and the incredible vocals and arrangements of Eska to create a dazzling set of protest songs.
Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios as well as at significant sites including the British Museum, Houses of Parliament, McDonald's and a land fill site, the album's dominant theme is power and its abuses in the 21st Century. The war in Iraq is a key rallying point. The power of monarchy, religion, media, climate change, state-sponsored torture and wealth inequalities are also recurring motifs.
The album and live show received rave reviews and the end of last year saw The Matthew Herbert Big Band take the stage at The Royal Festival Hall accompanied by a 70 voice vocal ensemble run by Eska.
The big band (+ Vocal Ensemble) have now been invited to perform @ The Barbican on Monday 26th October 2009. The performance will be part of an evening celebrating the 75th anniversary of the British Council.
Matthew and Eska are currently recruiting vocalists to be part of the performance. This performance is set to be even bigger, better and more spectacular than last year's.
If you are interested in getting involved please contact Jack Prideaux - Eska's PA: firstname.lastname@example.org