Thursday, June 26, 2014

Great Concert, Short Notice

Spoke with composer/arranger Idan Santhaus today for an upcoming radio program.  We talked about his involvement with the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, working with Jim McNeely and others plus having a great  big orchestra to play his music. Then, he remembered the annual concert which takes place tomorrow, Friday June 27.  The info is below. (Please note that UCONN Professor of Music Earl MacDonald has a piece in the program. Also, check out the great musicians playing these pieces!)

The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop 26th annual Summer Showcase Concert will take place this Friday, June 27, at 7:30 at Christ-St. Stephens Church in NYC (see attached).

This year we are featuring new music for big band written by eight members of the workshop: Migiwa Miyajima, Anna Webber, Tom Erickson, Scott Ninmer, Earl MacDonald, Ann Belmont, Scott Reeves, and Miho Hazama.  In addition we will hear the premier of "...and the Tire Swing Keeps Spinning...", composed by Erica Seguine, last year's winner of the BMI/Charlie Parker Composition Award.  A panel of judges: Darcy J. Argue, John Fedchock, and Ingrid Jensen, will choose this year's winning piece.  Admission is free.

The music will be performed by the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra.  Personnel is:

Marc Phaneuf
Ben Kono
Dan Willis
Rob Middleton
Alden Banta

Dan Urness
John Eckert
Steve Smyth
Dave Smith

Tim Sessions
Pete McGuinness
JC Sanford
Jennifer Wharton

Sebastian Noelle (Guitar)
Deanna Witkowski (Piano)
Dave Ambrosio (Bass)
Satoshi Takeishi (Drums)

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