The 2018 BBC Proms line-up is out and there’s one show that really caught our eye – Jacob Collier and Friends presented by genre-smashing conductor Jules Buckley.
Collier is a jazz-funk wonderkid; a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who at the tender age of 22 won two Grammys for his debut album. Collier rose to prominence when he began uploading videos of his musical tinkerings – self-produced multi-layered multi-tracked audio-visual creations – on YouTube back in 2012. The baby-faced teenager quickly became a viral hit.
A year later Collier came to the attention of Quincy Jones, who signed the Londoner to his management label. In 2016 Collier released the highly praised In My Room, which was entirely self-recorded, arranged, performed and produced in his home.
Since the huge success of the album, Collier has worked with Snark Puppy, Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams, helped score Hollywood films and toured internationally.
His Proms gig will showcase some unheard and soon-to-be released new material as well as music from his debut album. The show will be orchestrated and presented by Buckley, a music pioneer with an impressive Proms track record. Buckley’s Ibiza Prom in 2015 with BBC Radio 1 was hugely popular. He followed up with three proms in 2016 with Quincy Jones, Kamasi Washington, Jamie Cullum, and proms in tribute to Scott Walker and Charles Mingus last summer.
Collier says: “Jules is one of my favourite human beings on the planet. Not only does he have the mastery, precision and sublime understanding of musical colour to bring the craziest musical experiences to life, but he also has an immense youthful energy and cracking sense of humour that makes us all love working with him so much. He’s a one-of-a-kind musician and a friend for life. I’m so excited and honoured to bring some wonderful new music to the BBC Proms alongside him.”
Buckley says: “I’m incredibly honoured to be returning to the BBC Proms this summer. Every year, the ambition grows, with so much music to consider, curate and arrange, I really think the proms this year will be better and more innovative than ever, drawing in new audiences to the proms that might otherwise not engage with orchestral music.”
Jacob Collier and Friends at the Royal Albert Hall will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC Four on July 20. Tickets go on sale in May.
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