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Urban Classic

Friday 24 February 2006 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present highlights from Urban Classic, a collaborative live event recorded at the Hackney Empire in London. It brought together MCs Bruza, Tor, Pase, Purple and Faith SFX, with grime producer DaVinChe, jazz musician Jason Yarde, and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Charles Hazlewood.


1 hour 15 minutes



Presented by Robert Sandall and Mark Russell
Produced by Philip Tagney
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

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Friday 24 February 2006, 10:15pm

The idea for Urban Classic originally came from the promoters Bigga Fish, whose motto is 'Education Through Entertainment'. They are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to educating 13-21 year-olds through music. Their idea was to fuse three very different musical cultures: grime, hip hop and classical. With the help of conductor Charles Hazlewood, live music producers Serious, BBC 1xtra and BBC Radio 3, they brought together the BBC Concert Orchestra, arranger and jazz musician Jason Yarde, UK grime producer DaVinChe and an array of MCs to conceive and stage a live event at the Hackney Empire in London.
The resulting 70-minute suite was premiered in front of a live audience in Hackney on 16 February 2006, and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1xtra.
Click here for more information on Urban Classic
Click here for more information on the BBC Concert Orchestra

Interview: Charles Hazlewood (4.26)
Mark Russell caught up with Charles Hazlewood at rehearsals for the show, backstage at the Hackney Empire. As well as regularly working with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Charles Hazlewood is music director of the Excellent Device orchestra and the period instrument orchestra Harmonieband, joint artistic director of the South African Dimpho Di Kopane theatre company, and presenter of BBC Radio 3's Discovering Music programme.
Click here for more on Discovering Music

Interview: Faith SFX (5.13)
Faith SFX, from North West London, began beatboxing in 2003, and has become one of the art's finest exponents, lending his skills to UK underground artists like SLK, Akala, Professor Green and Narstie, opening for international hip hop acts like Ludacris and Mobb Deep, and even appearing on a TV mobile phone advert.
Click here for a profile of Faith SFX

Faith SFX/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Still Dre (3.18)
Purple/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: We Do This Every Day (4.45)
Arranged by Jason Yarde and DaVinChe
Purple is one third of the Renegade Boys, with G Double and Goodness.
Click here for a profile of Purple

Interview: Bruza (1.23)
Bruza is an MC from East London, formerly with Reckless Crew. He has also collaborated extensively with MC Triple Threat.
Click here for a profile of Purple

Bruza/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: In The Endz (3.45)
Pase/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Irish & Streets Made (6.25)
Arranged by Jason Yarde and DaVinChe
Pase is a 19 year-old rapper born in South East London of Irish and Guyanese roots.
Click here for a profile of Pase

Interview: Tor (1.57)
From East London, Tor is a vocalist and MC whose weekly radio MC slot led to her appearing on the debut 'Get Up and Move' single from So Solid Crew's Harvey in 2002. Since then she has worked with a number of leading UK producers such as Fusion, First Man, Lethal & Destruction and Wonder, as well as recently working in the USA with Notorious BIG/LL Cool J/Lauryn Hill producer Rashad Smith.
Click here for a profile of Tor

Tor/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Mentor (5.33)
Arranged by Jason Yarde and DaVinChe

Interview: DaVinChe (3.16)
One of the two arrangers behind Urban Classic, DaVinChe is a leading light on the UK grime scene. Grime is a musical style which evolved mainly in East London out of UK garage, mixing in elements of UK hip hop, drum'n'bass, and punk and techno. DaVinChe is determined to develop the genre into something more widely recognised. As well as being a studio producer and engineer, he is a classically trained arranger and multi-instrumentalist.
Click here for a profile of DaVinChe

Interview: Jason Yarde (3.35)
The other arranger on the project is jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Jason Yarde. Mixing It caught up with him on his way to play a gig with legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen. Jason Yarde joined the Jazz Warriors as a teenager, and progressed to becoming their musical director. He has also studied in New Jersey with Joe Lovano, and arranged and composed in a variety of styles for a number of different projects, including BBC2, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Phoenix Dance Company.
Click here for a profile of Jason Yarde

Faith SFX/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Explosive (3.36)
Tor/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Rapshow (6.42)
Faith SFX/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Pony (4.44)
Bruza/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Get Me (6.02)
Bruza/Faith SFX/Pase/Purple/Tor/BBC Concert Orchestra/Charles Hazlewood: Finale
Arranged by Jason Yarde and DaVinChe (7.51)
Cynthia Fleming (BBC Concert Orchestra leader/first violin); Jason Yarde (saxophone); DaVinChe (keyboards); Matthew Barley (cello); Alan Simpson (guitar); Richard Watson (bass); Peter Beament (drums)
All music recorded 16 February 2006 at Hackney Empire, London
Recording made by Marvin Ware in the BBC's Stereo Control Vehicle
Not commercially available
Click here to hear music from Urban Classic

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