The sampling addict will bring his Big Band to London's Barbican for a specially commissioned show next month.
Taking place at London's Barbican venue on Monday 26th October, the show will see unique collaborations from various international artists, all of whom have been commissioned especially for the evening. Indie rockers Guillemots will team up with Arthur Jeffes (who recently revived his father's Penguin Café Orchestra material with his Music from the Penguin Café band), Scottish vocalist Karine Polwart will share the stage with Jordanian singer Rub Saqr and Tinariwen producer Justin Adams will feature in a project that has yet to be revealed. The second half of the show, however, will be dedicated entirely to Matthew Herbert and his Big Band.
Herbert has been pushing the boundaries of house music since the mid-'90s, but has recently devoted more time to his avant-garde sampling excursions and the odd orchestral pop of his Big Band project. The Barbican performance is strictly a one-off event and will see Matthew and the band joined on stage by a community choir as well as UK garage and nu-jazz vocalist Eska Mtungwazi. Given Herbert's past record for unpredictability, it's difficult to preempt what their performance will hold, but the chances are that his unorthodox percussion and the swinging strings and brass of the orchestra will feature heavily.