Posts Tagged “jazz”

ACO presents the NY premiere of jazzmaster Wynton Marsalis’ recently completed Blues Symphony. A rare work for purely orchestral forces by the jazz legend, Marsalis’ symphony celebrates blues through the prism of moments in American and African-American history and folklore (Marsalis does not perform in this work). The world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan, a New Orleans-based composer and alumna of ACO’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, explores improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions. Completing the program is a revised and expanded version of Uri Caine’s Double Trouble, a combination of fixed musical forms, freedom and spontaneity featuring the composer at the piano.

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RighteousGIRLS @ Somethin' JazzRighteousGIRLS
Gina Izzo, flute +
Erika Dohi, piano

feat. Vasko Duvoski, clarinet; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Adam Fisher, cello; Mika Godbole, vibraphone; Peter Kronreif, drums.

Saturday, November 16th 7:00pm
Somethin’ Jazz Club
212 East 52nd Street
NY, NY 10022
$10/$8 students

Flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi will embrace the modern as RighteousGIRLS on Saturday, November 16th 7pm, at the Somethin’ Jazz Club in NYC. RighteousGIRLS will feature classical/contemporary, jazz and electronic artists including Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf and a premiere of Dave Molk’s “EDGE” from their upcoming album.

The program also highlights Andy Akiho’s “to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem,” a challenging, fast paced piece driven by a personal experience Akiho had while walking home alone one night. The piece is scored for Pierrot ensemble with added drum set and vibraphone. Joining the RighteousGIRLS will be Vasko Duvoski, clarinet; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Adam Fisher, cello; Mika Godbole, vibraphone; Peter Kronreif drums. For more information please visit

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Free Seminar:  December 3, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Maximizing Your Concert Appearance

With Peter Gordon, Marty Ashby and Myles Weinstein


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A performance can be so much more than showing up at a gig and playing your heart out. Today’s successful concert is part of a living, breathing ecosystem—connecting artist, presenter, social/print media, radio/television, and fans. In the first hour, the panel will outline strategies, techniques and innovative approaches to making the most of your live appearances. In the second hour, they’ll review specific projects spotlighting real-world successes within the CMA community.

Peter Gordon is the founder of Jazz Forward Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) . He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network—WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition, a leadership group advocating sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community.

Marty Ashby is the Executive Producer and founder of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. He has produced over 2,000 concerts and 45 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, including three GRAMMY® Award and two Latin GRAMMY® Award winners and has raised over $25 million to support the MCG Jazz program.  He was recently awarded a EPP Goldman-Sachs fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Myles Weinstein’s Unlimited Myles, Inc. exclusively represents such leading artists Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Luciana Souza and Vijay Iyer.  From 1993-2001, Myles was the founding director of the jazz division at Herbert Barrett Management. He has played percussion, timpani and drums with Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.   In the 90’s, he co-led with Chris Potter the ensemble, The Jazz Mentality.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar:  November 4, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Time Management for Creative People

With Aaron Landsman, Tribeca Leadership Affiliate Consultant


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A focus session for musicians and other music professionals on managing your time for creative projects, administrative tasks, emails and social media, self and family needs and wants, and—if necessary—worry. Learn the 20-minute rule, the difference between urgent and important, and prioritizing your own projects over offers to participate in others’ gigs. Landsman coaches artists and executives in the creative community through Tribeca Leadership, LLC, among other groups. He is also a stage and commercial actor, playwright and monologist.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar: 42 Revenue Streams for Musicians

With Jean Cook, Director of Progams, Future of Music Coalition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3-5 pm Eastern


Attend in person or online:

How do you earn your money from music? Learn ways to expand your revenue-generating capacity and formulate the best mix of music income for you. Join Jean Cook, Director of Programs from the Future of Music Coalition, in a discussion of the 42 revenue streams available to composers and performers based on changes in copyright law and FMC’s findings from its Artist Revenue Streams, a project that collects and studies data from U.S. musicians on how they make a living.

For the last two years Jean Cook  co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project. She is a member of New Music USA’s New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. Cook is a also a musician and producer.

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.  fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons.

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Free Seminar: The Affordable Care Act Primer

With Renata Maninaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Eastern



Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect musicians and small music companies. Health insurance options for people working in the performing arts should increase greatly in the coming year, as competitive insurance exchanges are implemented, along with subsidies for low- to middle-income subscribers, and small business tax credits.

Renata Marinaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund,  will be your guide to the new health-insurance opportunities, which become effective as of   January 1, 2014.

First Tuesdays is a professional development workshop series that offers free monthly seminars for the small ensemble field from October through June. The program is presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common.

Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this seminar is provided by New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society and the Actors Fund.


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New York – A major artist of great renown, clarinetist David Krakauer showcases his virtuosity in an intimate setting. He brings his unique sound to a week-long residency at The Stone, John Zornʼs downtown hot spot in lower Manhattan.

As well as being a significant voice in the classical world, Krakauer is considered to be one of the most important innovators in Jewish klezmer music; contextualizing the ancestral sounds of his Eastern European roots for the 21st century. All of these cultural influences provide a powerful towline for his music, enabling him to embrace stylistically diverse and compelling projects, encompassing classical music, modern klezmer and jazz.

David Krakauer



These projects include:






Tuesday, September 24th at 8 pm & 10 pm

Unplugged versions of Krakauer’s klezmer repertoire ranging from his own quirky originals to traditional tunes.
David Krakauer (clarinets) Will Holshouser (accordion) Jerome Harris (bass) Michael Sarin (percussion)
Admission: $15

Wednesday, September 25th at 8 pm & 10 pm
Krakauer’s arrangements of pieces specially selected for David Krakauer by John Zorn from the third Book of Angels.
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Jerome Harris (electric bass, vocals) Michael Sarin (drums) Keepalive (sampler)
Admission: $15

Thursday, September 26th at 8 pm & 10 pm
Loops, grooves and ecstatic improvisation celebrate the earthy side of Krakauer’s ancestry.
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Jerome Harris (electric bass, vocals) Michael Sarin (drums) Keepalive (sampler)
Admission: $15

Friday, September 27th at 8 pm & 10 pm
Krakauer joins up with the South African pianist, arranger and musical explorer Kathleen Tagg in an evening of classical music, new composition and electronica.
David Krakauer (clarinets) Kathleen Tagg (piano, electronics) with special guest Will Holshouser (accordion)
Admission: $20

Saturday, September 28th at 8 pm & 10 pm
Krakauer is joined by former Kronos cellist Jeff Zeigler, new music soprano extraordinaire Helga Davis and violinist/electronics wizard Todd Reynolds for an evening of new composition and improvisation.
Admission: $20

Sunday, September 29th at 8 pm & 10 pm
Krakauer has assembled an all-star string quartet to play Osvaldo Golijov’s monumental “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” (performed in both sets) plus arrangements and improvisations.
David Krakauer (clarinet, bass clarinet) Neal Dufallo and Abigale Reisman (violins) Margaret Dyer (viola) Jeff Zeigler (cello)
Admission: $20


E 2nd St & Ave C
New York, NY 10009
(212) 473-0043


For general information, please visit

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Whether revealing the classical nature of their instruments or pushing the boundaries of musical genres, flutists Gina Izzo & Kaori Fujii (AZURE) captivate audiences with their sophisticated style and striking technique. AZURE comes together combining classical and jazz to challenge the boundaries of the repertoire and expand upon the music of our past. The program features works ranging from J.S. Bach’s, The Art of Fugue and Mendelssohn’s Scherzo to jazz arrangements of the Well-Tempered Clavier for two flutes featuring Glenn Zaleski, piano and Jake Goldbas, cajon/percussion.


Friday, September 6, 7:30pm
Yamaha Piano Salon
689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
$15/$10 students

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New York’s Nova Philharmonic presents an innovative program exploring the relationship between old and new with a performance of Joel Mandelbaum’s “The Past is Now.” This is underscored by the classical orchestra meeting a contemporary jazz quartet in a unique arrangement of “A Little Night Music.” Visionary maestro Dong-Hyun Kim conducts the orchestra who will face off against the Paul Joseph Quartet. Keeping with the jazz theme, violinist and composer Gregor Huebner will perform his “Concerto con Violin Latina” as well as his “Ground Zero.”

March 30th, 7:15pm for pre-concert lecture, concert begins at 8pm

Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
152 W. 66th St., New York, NY 10023
(Lincoln Center area)
1 train at 66th St.-Lincoln Center

Mozart Meets Jazz: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik plus jazz arrangement by Paul Joseph
Concerto con Violin Latina (Huebner)
Ground Zero (Huebner)
The Past is Now (Mandelbaum)

$20, $10 seniors/students



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First-ever Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Culminates with Two Celebratory Concerts

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Wet Ink
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8:00pm
Music by Leroy Jenkins, Bernhard Lang, Katharina Rosenberger, Eric Wubbels, & Richard Barrett
Conducted by Carl Bettendorf

American Composers Orchestra
Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 8:00pm
Music by Anthony Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, Earle Brown, Errollyn Wallen, & John Zorn
Conducted by Gil Rose

Miller Theatre at Columbia University (116th Street & Broadway, NYC)

Tickets: $25 each concert, at or at the door

JCOI is presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University & American Composers Orchestra

For more information: or

The first-ever Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) will culminate in two celebratory concerts open to the public at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (116th Street and Broadway), featuring music characterized by improvisation, driving rhythms, and electronic experimentation by composers who break the boundaries between jazz, improvised, and classical music – including Leroy Jenkins, John Zorn, Earle Brown, and Anthony Davis, plus world premieres by Roscoe Mitchell and Errollyn Wallen. Wet Ink, JCOI’s resident chamber ensemble, will perform on Friday, July 23 at 8pm. ACO, led by conductor Gil Rose, will take the stage on Saturday, July 24 at 8pm. For the complete concert programs, please see the end of this press release.

JCOI is presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and will be held on the Columbia University campus in New York from July 20 to 24, 2010. The Institute brings together 34 jazz composers, chosen from a national pool of applicants, to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra. The curriculum was created by composers Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fabien Lévy, and Center for Jazz Studies director George Lewis, all of whom also serve as instructors. Other composers serving as mentors include Alvin Singleton, Derek Bermel, and Tania León.

This innovative program is a new development in the jazz field. While many jazz composers seek to write for the symphony orchestra, opportunities for hands-on experience are few. JCOI aims to provide new resources for both jazz and classical music, promoting the emergence of composers trained in both jazz and new orchestral techniques. During the five-day series of workshops, participants will work with eminent composers, conductors, and industry leaders, studying and researching new ways to incorporate jazz idioms and styles in music for orchestra. JCOI will also include a variety of performance labs and professional development discussions.

JCOI participants hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and jazz styles. The youngest participant, Phillip Golub, is 17 years old. An accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Golub is a high school student in the Los Angeles area and impressed panelists with his already advanced technique. The oldest participant is 67-year-old Rufus Reid, a classicallytrained bassist and Guggenheim fellow, who has performed and recorded with great jazz masters including Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Don Byas, Philly Joe Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more.

Following the Institute, several JCOI participants will submit applications to participate in the JCOI Readings in June 2011. Four to six promising participants will be selected to create new works for orchestra and to work further with mentor composers and conductors in developing these works. The JCOI Readings will culminate with open rehearsals, readings, and live performances of the new works at Miller Theatre by American Composers Orchestra.

JCOI Concerts
JCOI will culminate in two concerts that are open to the public, both featuring music that incorporates improvisation. On Friday, July 23 at 8pm, Wet Ink, conducted by Carl Bettendorf, will perform Leroy Jenkins’ Wonderlust (2000), Bernhard Lang’s DW5 (2000), Katharina Rosenberger’s parcours III (2008), Eric Wubbels’ Euphony (2006), and Richard Barrett’s Codex V (2007). On Saturday, July 24 at 8pm, American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Gil Rose, will perform Anthony Davis’s You Have the Right to Remain Silent (2007), Roscoe Mitchell’s Nonaah (world premiere, new version for chamber orchestra), Earle Brown’s Available Forms 1 (1961), Errollyn Wallen’s The Girl in My Alphabet (world premiere, new version for chamber orchestra), and John Zorn’s For Your Eyes Only (1989).

Both concerts take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (116th Street and Broadway, NYC). Tickets are $25/$42 for both, available at and at the door. Discounts are available for students, CU faculty/staff, and seniors. For information, the public should call ACO at 212.977.8495.

About Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University sees jazz as a music without borders and ultimately without limits, a model for the integration of forward-thinking models of scholarly inquiry with innovative teaching and community dialogue. Our direction, which emphasizes the themes of internationalization, technology, and community, is realized by promoting research by innovative scholars in the arts, humanities, and sciences; encouraging excellence in the teaching of music and culture; and presenting public events that complement and extend the Center’s research and teaching. The Center views the interdisciplinary expansion of the intellectual conversation surrounding jazz, and especially its lifeblood practice, improvisation, as tracing a path toward the development of new knowledge that illuminates the human condition. For more information, visit

About Columbia University
A leading academic and research university, Columbia continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive cultural collaborations and community partnerships help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. For more information, visit

About American Composers Orchestra
ACO is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promulgation of music by American composers. Entering its 34th season, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established artists, and increases awareness of the variety of American orchestral music. ACO incubates ideas, develops talent and catalyzes and advocates for American composers and their music. The orchestra’s activities include concerts, commissions, new music readings, recordings, broadcasts, and education programs. ACO has performed works by over 600 composers, including more than 200 world premieres and commissions. In addition to its major Improvise! Festival in 2004, ACO has commissioned and premiered many new works that incorporate jazz and improvisation, including Derek Bermel’s Migration Series in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and works by Donal Fox, Vijay Iyer, Uri Caine, George Lewis, Susie Ibarra, Fred Ho and others in its Orchestra Underground series at Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit

Support for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects, the Fromm Music Foundation and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The concerts are presented in partnership with Columbia University.

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Concerts
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
116th and Broadway, New York, NY

Friday, July 23, 2010, 8:00 PM
Wet Ink
Carl Bettendorf, conductor

Leroy Jenkins – Wonderlust (2000)
Bernhard Lang – DW5 (2000)
Katharina Rosenberger – parcours III (2008)
Eric Wubbels – Euphony (2006)
Richard Barrett – Codex V (2007)

Saturday, July 24, 2010, 8:00 PM
American Composers Orchestra
Gil Rose, conductor
Earl Howard, electronics
J.D. Parran, clarinet and contra-alto clarinet

Anthony Davis: You Have the Right to Remain Silent (2007)
Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah (World Premiere, new version for chamber orchestra)
Earle Brown: Available Forms 1 (1961)
Errollyn Wallen: The Girl in My Alphabet (World Premiere, new version for chamber orchestra)
John Zorn: For Your Eyes Only (1989)

Tickets: $25, available at the door and online at

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