Key to the Future Appeal launches for 21st Birthday of EFG London Jazz Festival


Serious Trust has launched the Key to the Future Appeal to celebrate 21 years of passion for artists and audiences, and inspiring people through music.

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Serious Trust was established to secure the future of the music Serious cares passionately about by supporting activities beyond the concert stage. Serious Trust supports the potential for music to make a positive impact on our lives by:


• Offering opportunities to participate in music – for people of all ages, in our schools, our communities and beyond.

• Providing professional development for musicians.

• Offering opportunities for musicians to create new music.


For the 21st Birthday of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Serious has commissioned 21 national and international artists to create new music which will premiere at the EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2013. Commissions include:


Jason Yarde – Bold as Brass

Carleen Anderson – Serious Sing

Adriano Adewale – Catapluf’s Musical Journey

Laura Jurd – Martin

Stan Sulzmann



Details of the artists and commissions can be found below. To support a new commission or find out more about supporting the Key to the Future Appeal, please go to You can also email or ring 0207 324 1880.




Every new donation made to the Key to the Future Appeal will be matched 1:1 by Arts Council England’s Catalyst Programme, thereby doubling the impact of all contributions.


Jason Yarde, Saxophone – Bold as Brass

Award-winning saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde has written a special commission for 100 brass players, saxophonists and percussionists which will be premiered at the EFG London Jazz Festival. A huge fanfare melding jazz with hip-hop and South American rhythms, Bold as Brass will be performed at London’s Southbank Centre on 24 November. Performers of all ages and abilities are invited to go to the EFG London Jazz Festival website to find out more and apply to take part – it will certainly be a gig to remember!


Carleen Anderson, Vocalist – Serious Sing

One of the most powerful vocalists today, 2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist of the Year Carleen Anderson has been a favourite of audiences and fellow artists alike for over two decades. A short list of her diverse collaborations includes Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, Dr. John, Courtney Pine, Incognito, Ocean Colour Scene, and many other musical legends and luminaries.


Carleen will write a new commission for the acclaimed programme Serious Sing, which invites singers to participate in workshops culminating in a performance at the 21st Birthday Party of the EFG London Jazz Festival.


Adriano Adewale, Percussionist – Catapluf’s Musical Journey

Join Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale and his band as they explore rhythms and sounds of the world with Catapluf, whose imagination takes you to places where everything is music: pans, water, bodies, drums. Includes Samba, jazz, klezmer and plenty of audience participation. This Schools’ Matinee for Key Stage 1 is bound to be a fun learning experience!


Stan Sulzmann, Saxophone

Stan Sulzmann is one of the most highly respected musicians in the UK today and a source of inspiration to many of Britain’s emerging young musicians. Sulzmann’s career stretches back to the 60’s when, as part of a talented crop of British musicians, he played with Graham Collier, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Gordon Beck, as well as leading many groups of his own.


Since that time, Stan has been at the forefront of European contemporary jazz, both with his warm, expressive playing and as an accomplished and distinguished composer. This concert marks Sulzmann’s 65th Birthday, leading a big band that features star soloists who span the last five decades of British jazz at the very highest level.



Troyka are Chris Montague (guitars and loops), Joshua Blackmore (drums) and Kit Downes (organ), three young musicians based in London whose intense live shows have seen them hotly tipped to become the next young band to explode from the capital’s fertile jazz scene. With their visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music, Trokya sound more like Tony William’s Lifetime remix by Burial than the classic hammond organ trio. For this commission they will write a new work for Troyestra – the new big band version of Troyka!


Laura Jurd, Trumpet – Martin

Laura Jurd is a London based trumpet player, composer and jazz musician. A diverse musician, she plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing upon classical, jazz and folk influences. Laura has written for The Chaos Orchestra, Saxophonquadrat Berlin, Mark Lockheart, the Ligeti Quartet and many other ensembles and works have ranged from solo pieces to orchestral works to choral music. Martin is a tribute to her mentor and friend, the composer and teacher Martin Read.


Serious Trust is grateful to the Foyle Foundation’s generous support of the 21 Commissions.

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