Live Stream: NYJO presents...Asha Parkinson

Sunday 16th May 2021
Date: Sunday 16th May
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Presenting the #lockdownsessions: live streaming at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club!


As we welcome in the new year, our doors are still closed to live audiences but we can still give you some live music.  The show will be at 8pm BST.  The live stream will appear live here so simply bookmark this page. It is also available directly from our Facebook and our YouTube channel.

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Ronnie Scott’s and NYJO present a series of collaborations.



Asha runs the Kalpadruma collective, which uniquely explores the connection between contemporary classical, jazz, and various world music forms. Asha’s set will be a mixture of Kalpadruma's original material focusing on adapted versions of pieces from their ‘Encounters’ suite: an evocative musical world where jazz, Arabic Maqam, and contemporary classical meet with the powerful poetry of Maram al-Masri.

The set will also include quintet versions set to appear of their upcoming album ‘Onwards’. As was traditional at their monthly residency at the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton, the band will also mix in a range of other influences, such as Paco de Lucia and Turkish ba─člama music.

Asha Parkinson is a London-based composer and saxophonist whose work regularly crosses the boundaries between traditions. She was three times semi-finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician competition and was shortlisted in the 2016 BBC Inspire Composers Competition. Additionally, she was one of 20 young people internationally to win Diana Legacy Award for her humanitarian initiative Voices Beyond Divisions.

Asha runs the Kalpadruma collective exploring connections between Contemporary Classical, Jazz and various world music forms. In its third year, the group has played at a number of high-profile venues including the London Jazz Festival, the Jazz Sevens Leeds series and the Union Chapel. Asha was one of four composers to receive a Breakthrough Commission from Jazz South for a composition bringing together Kalpadruma and members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. Her debut album ‘Onwards’ is scheduled for release in Autumn 2021. 


NYJO Presents has been specifically developed to showcase up and coming UK talent from both inside and outside of the charity.  This is an opportunity to witness unique talent at the start of their careers, taking to the stage of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and getting back to doing what they want to do most – play live music.

About NYJO

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK, through engaging Learning & Participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra of young musicians, to a multi-faceted organisation that seeks to both improve jazz education nationally, and nurture the talent of young professionals at the start of their careers. NYJO are actively seeking to create a dialogue; between the established and the experimental; the past and the present; with captivating experiences that inspire and entertain. 


Date: Sunday 16th May
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