The Sam Boshnack Quintet continues to unleash their debut recording – Exploding Syndrome – with another live performance this Sunday, March 30.
Opening for Linda Oh at the Seattle Art Museum presented by Earshot Jazz! this is an early 7:30 pm – all ages performance.
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“On this disc, the band sounds huge, almost orchestral, but also lithe. You could almost say this is chamber jazz, but there’s too much modernity to honestly describe it that way….these are pieces that can only be conceived by someone with a intimate understanding of many music forms; Boshnack’s exposure ranges from Bach to Balkan…..Boshnack’s randy side comes out fully on the title track. This schizo song gets off with a stuttering beat and a rock demeanor, Clement’s Wurlitzer resembling an electric guitar, but also punctuated by quiet solo piano moments. The song picks up steam again, culminating in some female Cookie Monster growling from Fleenor followed by a Mexican trumpet harmony. Yep, it’s a trip.” (somethingelsereviews.com)
> read more: http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/03/14/sam-boshnack-quintet-exploding-syndrome-2014/
“Seattle keyboardist and composer Wayne Horvitz is bringing more than a briefcase full of charts to this weekend’s Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting. In spirit, at least, he’ll be accompanied by his late mentor, Butch Morris, one of the unsung heroes of the American avant-garde.
Morris, who died of lung cancer in 2013, possessed a singular voice on an unusual instrument: his cracked, enigmatic cornet playing built on Miles Davis’s minimalistic trumpet, but added a bluesy edge honed, perhaps, by his experiences as a U.S. army soldier during the Vietnam War. It was on a conceptual level, however, that Morris truly advanced contemporary music, by devising a system of “conduction”—his shorthand term for “conducted improvisation”—that allowed complex free-form structures to emerge from simple musical motifs.
As a long-time bandmate of Morris’s, Horvitz watched Morris develop his approach first-hand, and will present two different looks at the cornetist’s legacy during the Meeting’s initial night. First up will be a loose re-creation of Horvitz’s influential trio with Morris and drummer Bobby Previte, this time with JP Carter playing trumpet and festival organizer Dylan van der Schyff in the percussionist’s chair. After that, Horvitz will lead a nine-piece band of Vancouver all-stars through some of his own compositions, using Morris’s conduction techniques.
“Conduction involves someone who is like a conductor, who stands in front of the band and waves his or her arms around,” Horvitz explains, on the line from his Seattle home. “But the conductor is giving signals to the musicians that are structural or musical ideas—things that control the improvisation might be the best way to put it. You might tell the musicians to play a certain thing over and over again, or you might tell one musician to imitate another musician, or you might tell a musician to play a long tone.”‘ > read more
Composer/Trumpeter Sam Boshanck unleashes her latest record, a self-released debut with her powerfully quirky Quintet, entitled Exploding Syndrome. The Sam Boshnack Quintet will celebrate the new release with a late night live performance at the Royal Room, featuring all of the music from the record and some special surprises.
“The songs on Explosion Syndrome traverse a span of emotions, from doleful ballad to simmering groove…The music bursts with color – Boshnack’s trumpet sallies with Beth Fleenor’s clarinet, Dawn Clement understates her elegant piano and provides occasional electric filigree with Wurlitzer while drummer Max Wood and bassist Isaac Castillo walk a subtly shifting rhythmic foundation.” (Jonathan Zwickel / City Arts Magazine)
SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET CD RELEASE PARTY
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
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Futuristic Big Band Zubatto Syndicate returns to the studio to record its second album, fusing together jazz, rock, hip-hop and more. Bandleader, composer and guitarist Andrew Boscardin horkheimers a valiant plea for your support of the new record – including an option for you to select a song for the big band to cover!!
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Samantha Boshnack: Louder Now
– Schraepfer Harvey
“Composer and trumpeter Samantha Boshnack premieres portions of a new suite, as well as pieces from her quintet’s brand-new debut release Exploding Syndrome, on a double-bill concert with Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures band, March 30, Seattle Art Museum.
Performing Boshnack’s compositions – a collection of short ostinato bass figures, choice pianism, sweet and spicy bass clarinet, and layered rhythmic dynamism, on the Exploding Syndrome release – the quintet features Boshnack (trumpets), Beth Fleenor (clarinets, voice), Dawn Clement (piano, keyboards), Isaac Castillo (bass) and Max Wood (drums).
I caught up with Samantha Boshnack in February, just a few days before she flew to Florida for a three-week Atlantic Center for the Arts artist-in-residence program with pianist and New England Conservatory alum Marilyn Crispell. While there, Boshnack will work with other artists and Crispell on the relationships of improvisation and composition. Boshnack plans time at the residency to work on music for the forthcoming Nellie Bly: Explositions of a Lasting Legacy project, her suite bringing to light namesake inspiration Bly (1864-1922), a reporter working in journalism during un-hospitable times for women in the field.
A fiery and persistent individual, Bly covered factory workers and prison facilities, advancing strides in investigative journalism and for women in her field. Apropos for Boshnack, the narrative of Bly’s personality and career parallels the composer’s view on modern challenges and opportunities, as a performer and as a woman composer.”