The NEC Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra features NEC students performing NEC student–composed works, under the direction of Frank Carlberg.

The notes on these works were written by the respective composers.

Aaron Bahr Boast Pop
Sarah Hughes, alto saxophone
Jonathan Gaines, trumpet

Boast Pop is a swinging piece, but also incorporates more modern rhythmic and harmonic devices. I aimed to create a piece of music that was influenced by older styles of music for Big Band, without being derivative of the style.

Kazemde George Ingy/Class Difference

Song Name: Ingy; Sample: Love Having You Around; Artist: Stevie Wonder; Album: Music Of My Mind (1974)
Song Name: Ingy: Sample: Wave; Artist: João Gilberto; Album: Amoroso (1977)
Song Name: Class Difference; Sample: Where or When; Artist: Ella Fitzgerald; Album: Rodgers and Hart Songbook (1956)

In the 1940s and 1950s, Jazz innovators such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell began to use popular dance music and Broadway songs as the basis for a new style of improvisation: Be-Bop. They used these simple forms and harmonies and the constant beat as a springboard for improvisations that took the music out of the sole realm of entertainment and into the sphere of intellectual art-music. Throughout the history of Jazz, popular dance music and many other contemporary musical influences have been important reference points in the music’s development.

This concept of using existing material as the starting point for creating something new was later applied in the context of Hip-Hop in the 1980s and 1990s. Young black artists in New York City began making music that utilized previously recorded material from their parents’ vinyl collections to create new loops and textures that would be arranged into beats, which a rapper or poet could improvise over, or a break-dancer could dance to. Producers such as J Dilla, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, and Pete Rock mastered this process of using recorded samples as their materials, and found ways to create music that was truly novel.

This project brings some of this modern Hip-Hop approach to the Jazz big band. I have taken beats that I created by arranging, editing, and altering recorded samples in Logic Pro, and transcribed and arranged them for live instruments. This is my way of bringing Hip-Hop, which already draws so much from Jazz, back to its roots.

Chase Morrin Three Brahmins
Henrique Eisenmann, piano

A mythological tale of three suitors from the stories of Vikram and Betaal.

Jeff Michaels Beer Stealing Bastard
Aidann Phipps, bass

Lorenzo Marquez Ojalá que te guste
Kevin Sun, tenor saxophone

Utar Artun Eclipse
Henrique Eisenmann, piano
Mariel Austin, trombone

Steven Bass Excerpts from “Swan Lake”
Sarah Hughes, flute
Elmer Churampi, trumpet
Willy Rodríguez, timbales
Carl Pillot, congas
Ian Berg, dancer

Joe Ricard Long Years
Joe Ricard, bass trombone

In memory of my grandfather, Howard Long

Jennifer Allen The Sound of One Hand
Thiago Gomes, guitar

"Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?"
—Zen koan, Hakuin Ekaku 1686–1768

Koans are paradoxical and puzzling tales used in Zen Buddhism as a focus for meditation to bring about deeper understanding of self. Through the struggle for an answer to the un-answerable we realize that the correct answer was within us all along.

Mariel Austin One-Way Journey Home
Mariel Austin, trombone

Peter Jonatan Riviera Breeze
Will Bridges, alto saxophone
Michael Dick, drums
Henrique Eisenmann, piano

Riviera Breeze is a piece based on a two simple motives. One is a four note cell that is developed to form the melody of the tune, and the other one is a rhythmic motive occurring throughout the composition. The tune is organized into two larger sections with slightly different grooves, switching back and forth.

Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra

Frank Carlberg, director
Henrique Eisenmann, assistant

Will Bridges, alto saxophone
Sarah Hughes, alto saxophone
Kevin Sun, tenor saxophone
Kazemde George, tenor saxophone
Daniel Sagastume, baritone saxophone

Kai Sandoval

Jon Gaines
Jenn Allen
Jeff Michaels
Elmer Churampi

John Cushing
Eric Stilwell
Rex Bennett
Mariel Austin
Joe Ricard

Rhythm Section
Henrique Eisenmann, piano
Thiago Gomes, guitar
Neil Patton, bass
Michael Dick, drums

Date: April 29, 2014 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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