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2017 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger. He has released two albums as a band-leader and composer; Cross Platform Interchange and New Ansonia, both of which have been extremely well-received. Having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition Misha is an experienced composer and writes for various jazz groups as well as classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music.
“Both his composing talents and his propulsive bass-playing are currently such hot UK jazz news” The Guardian
After graduating from Gonville & Caius College Cambridge, where he studied music and composition with Robin Holloway and Jeremy Thurlow, Misha received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. As well as writing for his band, Misha has been commissioned by a variety of musicians and ensembles such as Viktoria Mullova, Thomas Larcher, the LSSO, the Pelleas Ensemble, the Hermes Experiment, and the North Sea Ensemble.
“It will not be many years before Misha becomes one of the world’s leading figures in music” La Jornada
The world premiere of his latest commission – a jazz-inspired orchestra work, Windows – for champions of new music The Outcry Ensemble, will take place as part of Temple Music’s autumn season on Monday 15th October, at 7pm, at the stunning Middle Temple Hall (just off Fleet Street, ECY4).
Misha describes his new work;
“Following the general trend of my musical output, Windows is a piece of music that combines my background in classical music with my more recent experiences as a jazz performer and composer. This composition of mine is a collection of three short pieces that at first may seem unrelated to each other. Indeed, two of the three movements were originally intended as ideas for standalone pieces. However, they form one continuous work by representing three short glimpses into a person’s life. Each piece is like looking into a large room or long corridor through a tiny window – there is a vast space in between each window and you will see something different depending on which one you look through. Blue Deer is about newness and welcoming in (and therefore about conception, birth and childhood). Little Astronaut is playful and more abstract – it tells a short story that might be one of many experiences that make up an adult’s life. And finally, Stillness is about resting, saying goodbye and passing away.”
To book tickets, starting at just £5 and including a free interval drink, visit www.templemusic.org, call 020 7427 5641 or (subject to availability) buy on the door from 6.30pm.