The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band
Matthew Herbert brings his big band back to centre stage with a response to Brexit.
A typically ambitious collaborative journey and an ‘extended farewell party’, Herbert is encouraging the public to participate in an evolving project which started when Article 50 was triggered and will culminate in an album release on the day the UK leaves the EU. Tonight sees a showcase of some of the music created so far as well as works from his previous big band incarnations, adding guest musicians from the UK and Europe, singers and choir.
As a DJ and producer in the late-90s, Herbert sampled organic sounds generated by everyday objects into dance remixes and original tracks. He’s taken that spirit with him in his two big band projects, bringing together leading Jazz artists and creating music responsive to the political landscape. ‘The message from parts of the Brexit campaign were that as a nation we are better off alone. I refute that idea entirely and wanted to create a project that embodies the idea of collaboration from start to finish.’Matthew Herbert