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Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS London, United Kingdom
The soulful music of Laura Mvula is lifted even further out of this world by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted and orchestrated by Troy Miller.
This is beautifully unpredictable Pop music – double Mercury Prize nominee Mvula glimpses at R&B through the prism of Contemporary composition, like Nina Simone arranged by Messiaen. Her songs are almost episodic in structure, meandering through vivid orchestral instrumentation, bursts of Funk, and intimate balladry, all led by her powerful – and vulnerable – voice.
Classically trained, Mvula first gained recognition for her 2013 debut Sing to the Moon, which combined her soulful vocals with richly psychedelic soundscapes. Last year’s The Dreaming Room, which the LSO played on, took this one step further, with a vibrant orchestral sonic palette – that Mvula will bring to the Barbican stage.
Laura’s music is orchestrated by producer, conductor and composer Troy Miller, who also produced The Dreaming Room. As well as with Laura, Troy has worked with artists like Gregory Porter and Rebecca Ferguson, and is an alumni of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.