Corey Mwamba



This was a commission and a set for Derby Jazz to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. Geoff Wright asked me to put together a group and compose some music for the occasion, and I was lucky to have such a great team of creative musicians with which I could collaborate.

The music for the set is influenced primarily by poetry, and has interpretations of work by Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare, and Basho, as well as some of my short-form poetry. It combines elements of funk, early 20th Century Western chamber music and jazz from the late 1950s to 1970.

photo by Simon Skolfield

You can listen to the first performance of Argentum at