Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble awarded 2011 Chamber Music America Grant
The New York composer and trumpeter will work on new music for his ensemble, as a follow-up to their 2011 release Rivers Music. The ensemble will be performing the piece on the east and west coasts and in the midwest, and Doug will be giving talks on the piece as well as some open rehearsals. Additional funding for CMA comes from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Brian Chin premiers piece at ITG - Sidney, Australia
Trumpeter Brian Chin has traveled to Sidney, Australia to perform the Bukvich Trumpet Sonata (heard on his latest disc, Universal Language) at the International Trumpet Guild's 2010 Conference. Be sure to check out sound clips from the project here.
ORIGIN RECORDS at MIDEM 2011 - Cannes, France
The Origin Team traveled to France to attend this year's MIDEM conference. Much business in the works- stay tuned.
Daniel Barry in Northern Romania
Composer Daniel Barry recently returned from the Maramures region of Northern Romania. He spent several days at the home studio of master Romanian singer and instrumentalist Ioan Pop. "The rich tradition of Gypsy and Romanian folk music in this part of the world is very profound. It encompasses joy, pathos, banality, great beauty, serenity and frenzy, nearly all of the elements I'm looking for to continue my work."
Composer Dan Cavanagh wins international award with Adler commission
OA2 Artist Dan Cavanagh's composition, "From the Barrage Comes Clarity," on John Adler's recent release Confronting Inertia, has been chosen as a Prize Winner by Greece's National Academy of Music during their 'International Music Prizes for Excellence in Composition 2009' competition, and awarded a Gold Medal of Distinction. The winners were announced at the Gala concert, at the Public Theater of Sykies in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Walden Symphony no.1 receives two Grammy Nominations
Well known throughout his native Germany and in his adopted home of Los Angeles as a consummate composer & arranger for film, orchestras, and his Grammy-nominated Big Band, Chris Walden debuts his first Symphony, an exploration of the primal earth, fire, wind and water concepts, conducting the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Besides his recent Grammy nominations, Walden was honored last year by the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, and lauded for his ground-breaking Kurt Marti Suite (Origin 82482) for Big Band and 100-member St. John’s choir from Hamburg, Germany.
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Feb 25, 2019: Brittany Anjou
Le Poisson Rouge, New York
Brittany Anjou (piano/compositions),
Greg Chudzik (bass),
Shirazette Tinnin (drums),
Brittany Anjou "Enamiĝo Reciprokataj" Album Release Party at (le) poisson rouge
7:00pm doors | 8:00pm show | 18+
Table Seating: $15 advance, $20 day of show
Standing Room: $10 advance, $15 day of show
Pianist-composer Brittany Anjou blends the influences of a wide range of jazz and classical piano, and a fascination with the Esperanto language, on her stunning debut Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, set for a February 15 release on Origin Records. A trio album featuring bassist Greg Chudzik and drummer Nicholas Anderson (as well as two tracks with special guests, bassist Ari Folman-Cohen and drummer Ben Perowsky), it also includes 10 original compositions, highlighted by an eponymous five-part suite that showcases both Anjou's ambition and her originality.
Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (pronounced En-ah-mee-joh Reh-sih-pro-kah-tye) translates into English as Reciprocal Love -- or, alternately, as Mutual Breakdown. "[It's] a double entendre about improvisation and the push/pull of relationships," Anjou writes. She also refers to multiple levels of relationships: "It represents the enigma improvisers face to spontaneously fall in love with their instrument/the sound/the situation/each other," she says. "And additionally, to convince an audience to fall in love with their love."
If the concept sounds somewhat esoteric, the music itself is anything but. The album's bookend tracks, "Starlight" and its reprise "Reciproka Elektra," alternate instantly compelling, electronically processed washes with warm and confidently swinging piano-trio melodies. Each of the suite's five parts comprises an expressive, hook-filled tune and improvisation set to a joyful dance of a rhythm, from the whirlwind "Reciprokataj I: Cyrene (Flight of the Butterfly)" to the 5/4 bounce of "Reciprokataj IV: Olive You." Even the grim determination Anjou presents on "Reciprokataj V: Flowery Distress" is offset by Folman-Cohen and Perowsky's irrepressibility.
The album also honors Anjou's most important pianistic influences. Her phrasing and chord voicings channel the respective spirits of Oscar Peterson and Red Garland; in addition, she separates the parts of the suite with songs that directly pay tribute to favorites Ahmad Jamal ("Snuffaluffagas") and McCoy Tyner ("Hard Boiled Soup"). "All of the music celebrates my love affair with great jazz pianists," she says.
Anjou's use of Esperanto is not incidental: With Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, she begins a planned trilogy of albums based on the concepts and structures of world languages. (The next two installments will center on Dagara and Arabic, respectively.) "To me, Esperanto is a romance," she says. "The language mirrors jazz improvisation . . . . Jazz and Esperanto are both contemporary languages of the last century, and both promote intercultural dialogue, democracy, and self-expression."
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