Saturday, May 07, 2016

Jazz Orchestra Concert Notes

Program with comments by Jazz Orchestra director Dan Aldag:

"Walking By Flashlight" by Maria Schneider. Recorded on her album The Thompson Fields, which won the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording this year.

 "Awful Coffee" by Carla Bley. Bley has been a major composer and arranger in jazz since the 1960s. This piece comes from her album Appearing Nightly, a kind of concept album that hearkens back to the big bands of the 1940s and 1950s, and is filled with quotes from old jazz tunes, and a few non-jazz songs.

 "Hindustan" by David Berger. Berger is the world's foremost authority on the music of Duke Ellington, and he also leads his own band in New York City. He composed this piece for his band, and it shows the influence of both Ellington and Gil Evans.

 "El Cuento Que Te Cuento" ("Storytelling") by Pedro Giraudo. Giraudo is an Argentinean bassist and composer now living in New York who fuses the American big band jazz tradition with Argentinean rhythms. This was recorded on Giraudo's album Cuentos.

In the liner notes for that album., Giraudo wrote of this piece, "Inspired by a line in a poem by Marianela Fernandez, my wife, this tune is a musical representation of human interactions. Every time we communicate with people verbally or musically, what is being said or played is different from what is understood or interpreted by the listener, sometimes slightly, other times significantly. This piece presents many repetitions that are altered by small melodic, harmonic or timbre changes."

 "Samba de Orfeo"/"Struttin' With Some Barbecue,"a medley of two tunes.The first was written by the Brazilian guitarist and composer Luiz Bonfa as part of the soundtrack for the film Black Orpheus in 1959. The latter tune was composed by Louis Armstrong and recorded by him and his Hot Five in the late 1920s. The arrangement combining the two was written by Oded Lev-Ari for the Anat Cohen album Noir.

Three pieces by current students or recent alums: "Positive Sweat or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Funk" by Kyle McInnis "Jibber Jabber" by Ryan Woempner "Omar" by Dan Fair.

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