About Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

With alumni including Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and Ezra Collective, renowned talent development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors is known for pushing the boundaries in jazz.

In celebration of their 30th anniversary Tomorrow’s Warriors presents a UK tour of their world-class ensemble Nu Civilisation Orchestra, for a musical journey through Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’, 50 years after the release of this iconic album.

The 23-piece orchestra, conducted by Peter Edwards, will reflect on our current times through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s incredible catalogue.

‘What’s Going On’ was recorded and released in 1971 and Gaye’s masterpiece gave voice to a generation, as it reflected on the violence and turmoil of America with laser-sharp precision. Widely recognised as one of the most important albums of all time, 50 years later ‘What’s Going On’ continues to resonate with the inequality, struggle and uncertainty of the modern day.

Alongside acclaimed British soul vocalist Noel McKoy, the Orchestra will also feature Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Romarna Campbell (drums) and Jihad Imroel-QuaysDarwish (bass), and Sarah Tandy (piano).

The evening will begin with a performance of Marvin Gaye’s seminal film score ‘Trouble Man’ with the orchestral performance being accompanied by a specially commissioned narrative written by the actor Colin Salmon, delivered by spoken word artist Casey Bailey, as well as immersive visual projections by Yeast Culture.

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Since the time of the release of the album to the present day, every time I’ve heard or sung it I think to myself that mothers are actually still crying - ever more so, and young brothers are still dying. The tracks from this album were and still are the benchmark of soulful commentary from a black man’s experience which can be related to across the globe. Its spirit and honesty remain potent to this very day. For me this is going to be one of my performances of a lifetime. I've worked with many orchestras in the past, performing some fantastic songs with great conductors such as Kevin Robinson with Jazz Jamaica All Stars and now Peter Edwards and Nu Civilisation Orchestra who I am collaborating with for the first time and am immensely looking forward to working with. My admiration for Marvin’s music has always been so high. I met Marvin in the 80’s and being an obvious fan, I am thrilled to be a part of this project. I know that this tribute was meant to be for me.

Noel McKoy

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I grew in a house where it wasn’t rare to hear the amazing sound of Marvin Gaye jumping out of the speakers. To find myself taking to the stage in this amazing event now is a privilege and a blessing. I can’t wait to tell you what’s going on.”

Casey Bailey

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Seated (circle): £30.50*


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