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Abstract Orchestra

23rd November 2024

The 18 piece all star big band creates unique music that is both heavy and beautiful, pushing the boundaries of live hip-hop. Their live sets can be equally dark and brooding as it can be beautiful and moving. Its high energy and high octane head nods for the full performance. Abstract Orchestra explores the original samples used in classic hip hop joints, orchestrated across the ensemble, whilst matching the classic beats used by the greats such as J Dilla and Madlib. 

Ticket prices

£35 – £50

Line-up

ROB MITCHELL – band leader/conductor/sampler
ANNA UHURU – vocals
JIM CORRY – alto/bari sax
JAMES RUSSELL, SIMON KAYLOR – tenor sax/flute
JONNY BRUCE, MALCOLM STRACHAN, SIMON BEDDOE – trumpet
KEV HOLBROUGH, OLI RATH – trombone
RICHARD JONES – bass trombone
GEORGE COOPER - KEYS – keys
CHRIS ‘FATTY’ HARGREAVES – bass
JOOST HENDRICKX - DRUMS – drums
JOKER STARR, MICAL PARKNSUN – MC

Along with their original work, Abstract Orchestra is well known for their masterful reinterpretations of hip-hop classics by legends that include J Dilla and MADVILLAIN, diversifying ways in which hip-hop can be enjoyed. 

The band includes musicians that have toured with some of the top acts in the world including Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, John Legend & The Roots, Roots Manuva, Rag ’n’ bone Man, Adele, Estelle and Lily Allen.

'Dynamite' - Gilles Peterson BBC6 Music/Worldwide 

These reworks bring extra depth and nuance to the originals while still standing as unique works in their own right.

— Open Ear