“Join us to explore how war, race, sex and politics shaped the most important music of the 20th century,” says the South Bank’s new microsite launched this morning, explaining a year long Festival entitled The Rest is Noise,”telling the story” of the 20th Century, with over 100 (mainly classical) music events. In the words of Jude Kelly, South Bank Centre Artistic Director at this morning’s press conference attended by over 100 people:”We’ve got to show how classical music can find a place where it’s central to contemporary society”. BBC4 TV are producing a documentary series linked to the South Bank’s programmes – The Sound of Fury: A Century of Modern Music
There is a small amount of jazz there, if you burrow deeply. In the materials distributed this morning covering the period to May – the rest is for later – I found:
10th Feb 2013 – Julian Joseph introduces ‘le jazz’ the influence of jazz on composers in Paris in the 20’s. Part of the Paris weekend.
25th February 2013 – Dylan Howe, Will Butterworth Julian Siegl and Nick Pini perform Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Rite of Spring
24th March 2013 QEH 7 30pm – Nu Civilisation Orchestra join the BBC Concert Orchestra in a pogramme including Ellington and William Grant Still. Part of the America weekend, including Breakfast With Ellington with animateur Fraser Trainer