Days On Earth
Days On Earth is a brand new project for jazz sextet and A 30-piece orchestra
I started writing the six movements of this piece in 2016 and in December 2017 recorded the music with a specially selected orchestra and five of my favourite improvisers at Mark Knofler's famous British Grove studios. Days On Earth features old and new friends who I’ve collaborated and developed close musical relationships over the years including Seb Rochford (drums) Liam Noble (piano) Tom Herbert (bass) Roland Sutherland (flutes) John Parricelli (guitar) and Laura Jurd (trumpet). I also asked the young alto sax player Alice Leggett to join us who has a very special way of improvising but also plays the melodies with me in a very beautiful way. The strings very led by the incredible Jackie Shave who is also featured soloist on one of the tracks. I've been told Days On Earth is 'epic' and I guess it is but its also a very personal musical statement for me both as a musician and a human being.
Needless to say I'm very excited about releasing this to the world. The first performance of Days On Earth will be in London at Milton Court in the Barbican on January 9th 2019. There are plans to tour the music in late 2019 with a reduced size ensemble- watch this space for details!
The clip below is one movement from Days On Earth from the foyer at the London Jazz Festival in 2016.
"Lockheart’s eclectic tastes are all here, from cutting edge improvising to Bollywood strings, African Kora harp melodies and 70’s funk. Structured rather like a ‘grand suite’ the six movements are inspired by human traits and tendencies - a subtle comment on the state of our world and humanity"