The Jazz Warriors Ensemble

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15th November 2013
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Legatum Institute – Salon Series
Prosperity on the Edge: A Mayfair Salon Evening in 1913 riday 15 November 2013, 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start.

An evening of readings, music and commentary to recreate a salon evening in Mayfair as autumn moved towards winter in the year 1913. Hosted as part of the Legatum Institute’s latest Salon Series.

Cultural innovation was attaining new heights in the literary arts and the boundaries of musical forms were being extended in ways that excited the imagination. Innovations by Erik Satie and experimentations by Francois Poulenc were transforming classical music. Jazz was embracing the ethos of improvisation. Poets and novelists such as Rupert Brooke and Edith Wharton anticipated a future of progress. Wireless and telegraph heralded a new age of international communication between cultures and peoples. But dissonance could also be detected.

As Sherlock Holmes said to Dr Watson in His Last Bow, set in the summer of 1914: “There’s an east wind coming… such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter…and a good many of us may wither before its blast.”

Speaker
Bonnie Greer, Playwright, novelist, broadcaster and critic, Legatum Institute Global Fellow

Performers
The Jazz Warriors International Ensemble (TJWI), featuring:

  • Cleveland Watkiss, Voice
  • Roland Sutherland, Flutes
  • Robert Mitchell, Piano
  • Adriano Adewale, Percussion

Details
Friday 15 November 2013, 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start. Followed by a drinks reception and 9:30pm close.
Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5DW
RSVP essential: chloe.sanham@li.com

Bonnie Greer is a leading figure in the culture of contemporary Britain. She has been deputy chair of the Trustees of the British Museum and in 2013 she became Chancellor of Kingston University – a role she defines as giving her an opportunity to be ” a champion of entrepreneurship”.

The Jazz Warriors International Ensemble
Cleveland Watkiss, the award winning virtuoso vocalist and composer is a founding member of The Jazz Warriors: The Warriors’ fusion of musical styles, both classical and contemporary, has gained them a national and international celebrity.

About the ‘Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace’ Series
An extraordinary period in human history came to a sudden and cataclysmic end in the summer of 1914. Nineteenth century Europe was an expansionist and prosperous civilisation. Its economy boomed, the arts and humanities flourished, scientific progress accelerated, personal liberty became the birthright of increasing numbers of people. And from 1871 onwards, Western Europe was at peace.

The Autumn lecture series relives the last year of peace as experienced in the lives of key individuals. Their achievements and pre-occupations in the year 1913-14 illustrate the multi-faceted nature of a brilliant culture – one whose legacy helped to shape the world we live in today. International in their perspective and multi-disciplinary in approach, these lectures will make an original contribution to the understanding of human prosperity and liberty.

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