Grand Union Orchestra – Flyer

Series nameFusion

This A5 leaflet advertises a concert by the Grand Union Orchestra, of which Baluji Shrivastav is a member, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 5 April 1999. The 16 – 20 piece Grand Union Orchestra was founded in March 1982 in the UK to tour theatrical work with music at its core. The aim of the organisation evolved to embrace less familiar musical cultures and write music based around the experiences of the performers themselves – many of whom were ‘migrants’ or refugees. The core orchestra comprises thirty musicians from over fifteen countries, including the UK, India ,Chile, Bangladesh, South Africa, Scotland and China, who work together to create and perform new work drawing on their own varied cultural and musical backgrounds. The Grand Union Orchestra has produced several CDs based on live recordings and made for broadcasting by BBC Radio 3.

Date of Creation / Publication1999
CreatorGrand Union Orchestra
Associated Person/ OrganisationShrivastav, Baluji
Collection and Reference NumberBaluji Shrivastav Collection (GB 2661 BS)
Catalogue NumberBS/FU/6
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Baluji Shrivastav
Series notesBaluji Shrivastav formed the ensemble Jazz Orient, with his wife and fellow singer Linda Shanovitch and musician Chris Conway in 1992. The group emerged out of relationships formed with other musicians of diverse musical traditions who all believed in three principles of music: exploration of different compositional techniques, interacting with other musicians from different traditions, and improvisation. The music Baluji wanted to produce through his fusion work was a sound unlimited by traditional boundaries and an acceptance of diverse musical influences. The ensemble frequently performs live, and invites guest musicians to complement their work in the studio and in concert performances.

This section comprises items relating to Baluji's fusion and jazz work. It includes flyers for concerts, programmes, CD sleeves and posters.
Collection notesThe digitised material in the Baluji Shrivastav Collection falls into several categories relating to Baluji's work: classical music, new music, fusion, education, and theatre. The digitised items include photographs, concert flyers and posters, extracts of theatre programmes and education related documents.