“Ledisi sings Nina” will be released on July 23, 2021
Twelve-time Grammy nominated powerhouse vocalist Ledisi will release “Ledisi sings Nina”, her homage to legendary Nina Simone, on July 23, 2021 featuring special guests Lisa Fischer, Lizz Wright and Alice Smith, with arrangements by Jochen Neuffer and conducted by Jules Buckley.
Stay tuned – and in the meantime listen to a sneak peak of “Feeling Good” arranged by Jochen here.
Paul Weller & BBC Symphony Orchestra
Orchestral arrangements for British singer-songwriter legend Paul Weller and his performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley.
James Morrison, Boy George and Celeste joined as special guests for this special one-off concert.
Metropole Orkest – “The Music of Charles Mingus”
Transition Festival Utrecht
Extraordinary program full of surprises honouring the music of Jazz bassist, composer and band leader Charles Mingus.
The Metropole Orkest conducted by Jochen Neuffer is joined by solists Angelo Verploegen (tp), Pablo Martinez (tbn) and Joris Roelofs (bs cl).
Altin Gün & Metropole Orkest
Collaboration with Grammy nominated Turkish-Dutch band “Altin Gün”, who bring Anatolian Rock and Psychedelic Turkish Folk back to life.
arranged & conducted by Jochen Neuffer
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra – SOUK Festival
Celebrating the exhilarating combination of Arab and Western music, Amsterdam’s SOUK Festival is inviting Lebanese vocalist Nawal El Zoghbi and her band to join The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jochen Neuffer at Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Together with the National Ballet’s beautiful choreography and a food market in the Concertgebouw foyers recreating the atmosphere of Marrakech’s traditional street food markets this evening is appealing to all your senses.
Arrangements for Gregory Porter – North Sea Jazz Festival
Arrangements for Gregory Porter for his performance at the 2020 North Sea Jazz Festival, which due to the Covid pandemic was not taking place in its usual form but as a special one-off broadcast with special guests.
Arrangements for Ibeyi
Orchestral arrangements for Afro-French-Cuban electronic-soul duo “Ibeyi”, consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz for their collaboration with the Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley for the Metropole Session series.
BBC Proms “The Breaks” with The Heritage Orchestra
Arrangements for “Prom 64: The Breaks”. Take the most infectious bit of a funk record that makes people dance, and repeat it. These are “The Breaks”. Witness the Heritage Orchestra, with Jules Buckley and special guests, slice up and reimagine these iconic tracks that spawned breaking and formed the origins of hiphop – a culture that has risen from a single moment on the sidewalks of the Bronx nearly 50 years ago.
BBC Proms “Mississippi Goddam” – An Homage to Nina Simone
Arrangements for the BBC Prom “Mississippi Goddam”. Singer, songwriter, arranger and political activist Nina Simone is a giant of jazz history. She’s celebrated here in all her guises in a concert led by Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest.
“One of the highlights of the Prom was the orchestral opening, functioning as a kind of overture, blending Simone’s “African Mailman” and “Sinnerman”. Jochen Neuffer’s sparkling orchestration changes feel every few bars, offering a full orchestral showcase.” [theprickle.org 08/2019]
Quincy Jones – Soundtrack of the 80’s
Jochen arranged several of Quincy Jones’ classic tunes and conducted the fabulous Quincy Jones Orchestra feat. Beverly Knight, Jonah Nilsson, Sheléa, Daley & James Morrison in rehearsals, before Jules Buckley took over the baton in London’s “The O2 Arena”.
Arrangements for Cory Wong
Arrangements for Cory Wong and his collaboration with the Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza.
The album recorded live in Amsterdam is available on all streaming platforms and also as a pretty cool o double vinyl!
Studio sessions for Jacob Collier
Jochen conducted the Metropole Orkest in a couple of the orchestral studio sessions for Jacob Collier’s album “Djesse Vol. 1” on behalf of Jules Buckley.
For “All Night Long”, Jacob was awarded with a Grammy Award in the category “Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals”.
Conducting Bryan Ferry & Metropole Orkest
For the concerts taking place in the Netherlands and in Belgium, Bryan Ferry, founding member of legendary Roxy Music and his band were teaming up with the Metropole Orkest conducted by Jochen Neuffer to perform songs from Ferry’s four-and-a-half decade long career.
Originally, Ferry has performed his songs in an orchestral setting earlier this year in a one-off performance at the Hollywood Bowl but decided to exclusively play this programme again with the Metropole Orkest.
Classic Lounge Collective
For the world-class Dutch ensemble “Classic Lounge Collective” consisting of a classical string quartet and a contemporary rhythm section Jochen has composed and arranged a couple of Lounge and Neo Soul tracks.
Stay tuned for the release of their debut album.