The Sam Boshnack Quintet will be performing live at Velocity Dance Center for two nights! Karin Stevens, Jürg Koch and Penny Hutchinson have choreographed works for all eight pieces on “Exploding Syndrome”. We are also debuting a new work composed for new Stevens choreography.
Sunday, August 10 – Seattle, WA
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band closes
2202 N 45th St / 9pm / Free
Wednesday, August 13 – Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Jazz Workshop
Le Corusse Rouge
4647 White Lane / 7 pm / Donation
Hammer Museum, UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd / 8pm / Free
Friday, August 15 – San Francisco, CA
Best Coast Jazz Composers Series
Center for New Music
w/ Darren Johnston’s Troubled Trio +1 (Kanoko Nishi – koto/piano, Matt Szemela – violin, Darren Johnston – trumpet, Doug Stuart – bass)
55 Taylor St / 7:30pm / $12/$10 members of the Center
Sunday, August 17 – Oakland, CA
468 19th St. / 9 pm / $15
Monday August 18 – Sacramento, CA
1414 16th St. / 7:30 / $5-10 sliding scale
Wednesday, August 20 – Portland, OR
Outset Series at Revival Drum Shop
Blue Lighters open
215 SE 9th ave (the old La Luna space)/ 8 – 10 pm / $5-15 sliding scale
The Sam Boshnack Quintet is releasing 5 new videos! We have five great looking and sounding videos to share with you from our May 9th concert. There will be two songs we performed off of “Exploding Syndrome” and three movements of The Nellie Bly Project. Take a watch of the three that are completed before and stay tuned for the final two!
Video by Latona Arts, video editing by Brianna Atwell, sound recording by Robb Kunz.
This concert and video was made possible with generous funding from 4Culture.
The Alchemy Project, is a new composer-led ensemble experiment that brings together five combustible sound chemists with powerful voices in jazz and orchestral work. Reconvening from their disparate locations in New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, South Africa and Seattle, the project features musicians who took part in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Intensive (JCOI) presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and American Composers Orchestra in cooperation with The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. At this intensive, jazz composers were urged to bring their harmonic, rhythmic and improvisational artistry into the orchestral world.
In the Alchemy Project, colleagues from the JCOI will create original works that weave the intricate expansiveness of orchestral writing into an improvisational sextet. These diverse and multi-generational composers are all band-leaders with a wide range of musical experiences. Reading their individual biographies highlights an amazing array of collaborations in improvisation and composition over the last 30 years. The experiment here is give each composer an arsenal of instruments, wielded by dynamic players, and full permission to ignite the collaborative fire and see what happens. In this intensive Seattle residency the septet will debut 10 new works written for this ensemble at The Royal Room and record them at David Lange Studios.
Alchemy Project composers are Sumi Tonooka (piano), Erica Lindsay (tenor saxophone) Salim Washington (tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, bass clarinet & oboe), David Arend (acoustic bass) and Samantha Boshnack (trumpet & flugelhorn). In addition to these composers the band features Max Wood (drums) and Willem De Koch (trombone).
This is a video of a performance of two of the composers – Sumi Tonooka and Erica Lindsay
Sam Boshnack Quintet’s debut release, Exploding Syndrome is available now at all online retailers!!!!
Sam Boshnack Quintet will be touring the west coast in support of this release, check back soon for the complete list of dates.
To listen to the debut and read more on the project go to: http://samanthaboshnack.wordpress.com/projects/sam-boshnack-quintet/nellie-bly-project/
On the heels of their debut release, Exploding Syndrome, Sam Boshnack has quickly taken on the next large scale project for her Quintet – a narrative work inspired by the life of 19th century investigative journalist Nellie Bly. Boshnack writes about the project, “Both as a young girl and today, Nellie Bly greatly inspires me. A reporter at a time when women were not welcome into journalism, she was a fiery and persistent individual who worked within extreme confines to achieve great things for both the subjects she covered (including mental health and prison facilities), and for women in her field.” Boshnack has created a work in four movements highlighting stages and elements of Bly’s personality and career: “Early Years” establishing her voice – combining elements of punky irreverence, with a yearning to deeply understand the human experience and its unfairness; “Asylum Expose” exploring her extreme efforts to write about the atrocities of a mental asylum; and “Around the World” tackling her race around the globe to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record, while the world cheered her on. The piece concludes with “Lasting Legacy” – an homage to Bly and the impact she made to those who came after her. Boshnack combines exploration of Bly’s life with propulsion from her words, incorporating quotes and segments from her books as spoken and sung elements within the suite. In addition to the music-based work, Boshnack hopes this concert will be an opportunity to educate the public about the life of this impactful, yet mostly unknown, iconoclast.
To celebrate the Sam Boshnack Quintet debut recording, Exploding Syndrome we have two special performances. Friday, March 21st we are playing a late night set (after Julian Priester) at The Royal Room, and on Sunday March 30th we are opening for Linda Oh at the Seattle Art Museum presented by Earshot Jazz! We hope you can join us!