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Nikki Yeoh & NYJO present: Speechmik X-Ploration

Nikki Yeoh’s seminal multimedia work ‘Speechmik X-Ploration’ - inspired by the music of Hermeto Pascoal - promotes a message of unity and plurality, which remains poignant today from its first creation in 1997. Now re-orchestrated for an 18-piece ensemble. 

They will also present ‘Nucleus’ a newly commissioned piece dedicated to trumpeter Ian Carr, whose music and teaching was an influence to Yeoh’s musical upbringing.

Nikki Yeoh is a creative free spirit who, although deeply rooted in the language of improvisation, is open to a range of music that leans as much to populism as it does high art.  Since her emergence on the British jazz scene in the mid-90s, Nikki has proved to be an improviser, composer and all-round adventurer who has continually sought to broaden her musical horizons.

Also known as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, NYJO is a registered charity dedicated to making jazz and creative music-making more accessible to early-career musicians, young people, and audiences across the UK. Throughout its activity, NYJO seeks to create a meeting-ground between the established and the experimental – the past, present, and future – to build bespoke artistic programmes, catering to lifelong and new jazz fans.