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SEATTLE WEEKLY – EAR SUPPLY: CULTURE CLUB

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photo by Bruce Tom

Read the article in Seattle Weekly: http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/958279-129/culture-club

“Ambassadors of their own cultural music” is how composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack describes the diverse musicians she’s spotlighting on the next concert of her 14-piece new-music/improv ensemble, B’shnorkestra. She’s written works for Thione Diop (West African talking drum), Christos Govetas (Greek clarinet), Srivani Jade (North Indian vocals), Julio Jauregui (Latin American piano), and Thomas Marriott (American jazz trumpet)—musicians with roots in five continents and traditions outside Western classical music. > Read More

 

LIVE RECORDING: FRANKLY MONDAYS WITH BETH FLEENOR’S WORKSHOP ENSEMBLE AND METRILODIC

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Monday, April 28 – Frankly Mondays at the Royal Room

1st set: Eric Barber’s Metrilodic

2nd set: Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble

Recorded live by Steve Kennedy Williams: http://kennedy-williams.net/scoobiesnax/2014/04/2014-04-27-frankly-mondays-at-the-royal-room-metrilodic-and-workshop-ensemble/

SOMETHING ELSE REVIEWS EXPLODING SYNDROME

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Sam Boshnack Quintet Exploding Syndrome“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/

EARSHOT JAZZ COVER STORY: SAM BOSHNACK ‘LOUDER NOW’

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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.”

> read more
http://www.earshot.org/Publication/profiles/profile_14_03_Boshnack.html

CITY ARTS FEATURES SAMANTHA BOSHNACK: FAR OUT, CLOSE IN

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Far Out, Close In

Monday, March 3, 2014 | by Jonathan Zwickel

Sam Boshnack thrives in Seattle’s adventurous jazz scene.

Jazz is by nature a mercurial art form, springboarding across generations of tradition while subsuming the musical vocabulary of the moment. Jazz musicians—the good ones, at least—are equally fluid and curious. In the Age of iTunes, purism has no place on the bandstand.

This multilingualism can be alienating, intimidating, like the tongues of the Pentecostals. But some musicians leverage it into accessibility, weaving multiple entry points from their myriad influences. Seattle, less steeped in structure and history than other cities, is especially open to the sort of miscegenation that leads to new sounds. Which is one reason why trumpet player Samantha Boshnack thrives here.

“Seattle is just not that strict,” Boshnack says. “As a trumpet player, I’m doing my project—jazz and salsa and Balkan music. I’m doing rock and pop. Free jazz. You can kind of dip your horn into anything you want to. I think it’s good for musicians. I learn so much more about different kinds of music and it bleeds into my writing and playing.”

((( LISTEN ))) CRYSTAL BETH & THE BOOM BOOM BAND, PIGPEN, SUNCHASERS LIVE AT THE ROYAL ROOM 12/20

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Friday’s super show with Naomi Siegel’s Sunchasers, Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, and Pigpen (Wayne Horivtz/Briggan Krauss/Mike Stone/Keith Lowe) is now available for listening on the Steve Kennedy Williams audio blog – check it!  ALL THREE SETS!

LISTEN: http://kennedy-williams.net/scoobiesnax/2013/12/pigpen-with-sunchasers-and-crystal-beth-and-the-boom-boom-band/

SUPPORT: PAUL BUDRAITIS/SPLINTER GROUP – THE SALESMAN IS DEAD AND GONE

SPLINTER GROUP: The Salesman is Dead and Gone

by Paul Budraitis

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A non-verbal, image and action based theatre piece imagining the afterlife of Willy Loman from Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”.

“The Salesman is Dead and Gone” is a highly-choreographed, non-verbal, image and action based theatre piece which explores the imagined afterlife of Willy Loman, the central character from Arthur Miller’s classic play “Death of a Salesman.” In creating this work, SPLINTER GROUP hopes to free this iconic character from the original context of Miller’s play, both to see him from a new perspective, as well as to understand his continued relevance.

SPLINTER GROUP’s production begins where the original play leaves off, with the car crash that ends Willy’s life. He finds himself in an indeterminate place where time is irrelevant, and where a second, miniature house that closely resembles his home receives audio transmissions that cause him to re-experience moments from his life. Through these transmissions, he grapples with the ramifications of his choices, trying to make sense of his life and his place in the universe.

SPLINTER GROUP self-produced three workshop performances of this project at Fremont’s “West of Lenin” space in September 2011 to  excellent audience and critical response. Our final production will be taking place at the Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill from December 5th – December 21st.

> learn more and support The Salesman is Dead and Gone

SUPPORT: SUMI TONOOKA’S “FOR MALALA”

For Malala- A Jazz Concerto For Piano Trio and Symphony Orchestra

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From the Artist: “For Malala is a new musical endeavor inspired by and dedicated to the young Pakistani student activist, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head for her advocacy of educating girls and all children in her home country. Her story has moved me to action by composing a special musical work as a form of musical advocacy. The new work will be premiered and recorded during the 2014-2015 season by the NorthWest Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Anthony Spain, and I will be the piano soloist.

I am sharing this project at an early stage of its development in the hopes you might be interested in supporting the work. If you can support this project in any capacity, together we can make this idea a reality.”

Click here to learn more about the project and for the opportunity to help realize For Malala.

SJCE COMPOSER CHAT 3: WAYNE HORVITZ

The Seattle Jazz Composer’s Ensemble presents: Composer Chat! SJCE talks with Seattle composers in their environments about music and the music making process. And we have coffee.

Episode 3: We talk with the great composer, pianist, electronic musician, and bandleader: Wayne Horvitz.

Featuring Music composed by Wayne Horvitz

1. Julian’s Ballad – performed by Sweeter Than the Day
2. 55 in Concrete #1 – part of the new project 55: Music and Dance in Concrete
3. Fond Farewell – performed by Gravitas

www.waynehorvitz.net

www.seattlejazzcomposersensemble.com