Ravi Coltrane – saxophone
esperanza spalding – voice
Danilo Pérez – piano
John Patitucci – bass
Terri Lyne Carrington – drums
Clark Rundell – conductor



Forbidden, Plan-It!


Midnight in Carlotta’s Hair

Highlights from … (Iphigenia) (European premiere)

— Interval —



Celebrate the enduring legacy of jazz icon Wayne Shorter, with an extraordinary line-up of his long-time collaborators.

The career of saxophonist, bandleader and composer Wayne Shorter spanned seven decades. He performed with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and Carlos Santana, co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report, formed his own quartet in 2000, recorded over 20 albums, and won 12 Grammys. His 2021 opera Iphigenia has never been heard outside the US.

The title of ‘the 21st century’s jazz genius’ (NPR), however, goes to bassist, singer, songwriter and teacher esperanza spalding. She collaborated with Shorter on both Iphigenia and Gaia, a 2013 commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Named for the Greek goddess of the Earth, Gaia is a song cycle richly laden with environmental imagery. Shorter’s writing evokes elemental forces, while spalding’s radiant vocals soar between earth and sky.

Between these two landmark works, the Philharmonia Orchestra performs a selection from Wayne Shorter’s unrivalled songbook.

This concert is a highlight of the Philharmonia’s series Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating the Sounds of America, and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Part of Let Freedom Ring

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£20 – £55

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time

1 hr 45 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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