manchester jazz festival is delighted to announce that the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission for 2015 has been awarded to pianist, singer and composer, John Ellis. John will create a brand new audio-visual work, Evolution: Seeds and Streams, which will receive its world première in the spectacular setting of The Great Hall, inside Manchester’s iconic Town Hall, during the festival in August.
The Irwin Mitchell mjf originals is the UK’s only open jazz commissioning scheme for composer-musicians to create new work. It gives a platform to encourage and inspire talented regional musicians and has generated 17 major new works so far.
manchester jazz festival celebrates its landmark 20th festival in 2015 and it is particularly fitting that John should be chosen for the mjf originals commission this year as he was the headliner at the first mjf in 1996.
John is an established artist in his own right with The Cinematic Orchestra, John Ellis Big Bang and John Ellis Trio. He has also worked with many artists including Lily Allen, Tom Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae.
The performance is being created in collaboration with renowned Manchester-based moving image artist, Antony Barkworth-Knight. His work incorporates video, animation and puppetry, and has been screened at film festivals, art galleries and live performances all over the world,
John Ellis said, “Seeds and Streams looks at evolution through the prism of our personal and collective histories and futures, It will be brought to life by an amazing group of musicians and Antony’s immersive projections of film and animation. It’s a show guaranteed to stimulate, entertain and elevate.”
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors continue in 2015 as the official mjf originals series sponsor, described in 2014 by the Manchester Evening News as ‘a good example of arts patronage at its best’.
Grahame Codd, Regional Managing Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, said,“Irwin Mitchell is again delighted to be sponsoring the mjf originals series and continuing our close links with the festival. Last year’s Manchester Jazz Festival was the best yet and we are all looking forward to celebrating its 20th year and in particular, attending the première of the mjf originals production by John Ellis.”
The 20th manchester jazz festival takes place 31 July – 9 August 2015.