Corey Mwamba (photo Denis Dalby)
A new arts organisation will be presenting a new programme of innovative, modern creative music in Derby, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Out Front! will host artists in an adventurous series that highlights styles such as jazz-funk and totally improvised music. The wider aim of Out Front! to make Derby a prime destination for innovative musicians and composers to perform, create and collaborate. The new programme starts in March and includes monthly gigs around the city; and a mini-festival in the autumn.
Out Front! is a Derby-based voluntary arts organisation that aims to help develop and support a holistic and complete scene for lovers of experimental, modern creative and improvised music in Derby and the Midlands. The group was formed by Derby musician and music programmer Corey Mwamba; and is made up of Claire Furlong (NYJO Learning and Participation, London), George Grignon (musician, Derby), William McGiven (DJ, Derby), Cath Roberts (musician, London), Ian Perry (music programmer, Nottingham) and Walt Shaw (artist/musician, Derby).
Lead administrator Corey Mwamba said "The funding from Arts Council England will enable us to create a fantastic series of events here; and work with others, to strengthen the music and arts scene in Derby. We're looking forward to hosting innovative jazz and improvised music groups who haven't had the chances to perform in the area, as well as national and international acts. It's very exciting news and we hope to have more involvement and support from people in Derby and the wider Midlands."
Hopefully from the North and Norvoljazz clubs too!