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The aim of the project is to pay a lasting homage to Woolwich and deepen the artistic and personal relationships within our community through music. We are creating a sustainable piece which is a symbol of the unity and vitality of Woolwich forging new links between schools, venues, musicians and residents. An anthemic testament to a part of London often vilified and dismissed.
“In 2013 sitting in the central square in Woolwich I was struck by the unique and wonderful community . The mixture of ages and nationalities was so unique. Since 1998 I have lived in the area and in this short time I have seen so many inspiring changes.” – Byron Wallen
Byron Wallen is a musician whose life continues to span Atlantic shores and beyond. Born of Belizean parents and raised in London, Byron’s international adventures into straight ahead and world jazz have taken his name and music afar, not only with four acclaimed albums (winning awards and nominations from the BBC and the MOBO Awards), but playing alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers,Mulatu Astatke, George Benson, Red Snapper,Jack Dejohnette and King Sunny Ade.
Widely recognised as a seminal figure in jazz, constantly travelling the world teaching, performing and composing. Byron is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original music has been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA, Sage Gateshead, Birmingham Arts, Plymouth University. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones.
Image by Urszula Tarasiewicz