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People. Make. Awesome.

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On Thursday December 11th, Boshnack will be collaborating with animator Stefan Gruber for this performance featuring three pairings of musicians and filmmakers presented by The Frank Agency.

Boshnack will premiere compositions for a duo with pianist Sumi Tunooka and herself written for animation by Stefan Gruber.  The duo will also perform a new Boshnack composition to which Gruber will create animation to.


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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet

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The Sam Boshnack Quintet will be performing live at Velocity Dance Center for two nights! 

Karin Stevens Dance (KSD) presents two nights of new contemporary dance to music played live by the Sam Boshnack Quintet.  KSD dancers will be performing work by Stevens as well as guest choreographers, Penny Hutchinson and Jurg Koch.  
 
Since the first KSD concert in 2009, every production incorporates a local, live and/or new music component. These upcoming performances feature the music of rising trumpeter/composer/bandleader Samantha Boshnack. Karin Stevens was inspired by Boshnack’s latest CD release, “Exploding Syndrome” featuring the Sam Boshnack Quintet.  Her and the two guest choreographers have created new works to all eight compositions on the album.  Stevens also created a new choreographic work and commissioned Boshnack to compose a Quintet piece for it.  

October 3 & 4/ 8PM  Buy TICKETS

Choreography by Karin Stevens, Jürg Koch and Penny Hutchinson. Performance by Karin Stevens, Belle Wolf, Amy Weaver, Emily Durand, Maya Felten, Philippa Myler, Taylor Augustine, Katherine Freeman and Eileen Wingfield. Lighting design by Kent Cubbage. Costumes by Ali Panzarella.
Sam Boshnack Quintet features Boshnack on trumpets, Beth Fleenor – clarinets & voice, Alex Chadsey – piano/keyboards, Isaac Castillo – bass, and drummer Max Wood.
This concert was supported, in part, by an award from 4-Culture.


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WEST COAST CD RELEASE TOUR – AUGUST 2014

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Sunday, August 10 – Seattle, WA
Seamonster Lounge
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band closes
2202 N 45th St / 9pm / Free
http://www.seamonsterlounge.com

Wednesday, August 13 – Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Jazz Workshop
Le Corusse Rouge
4647 White Lane / 7 pm / Donation
http://www.bakersfieldjazzworkshop.com/jazz-about-town-2/

Thursday, August 14 – Los Angeles, CA
JazzPop series
Hammer Museum, UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd / 8pm / Free
http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/08/jazzpop-sam-boshnack-quintet/

 

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
http://centerfornewmusic.com/

Sunday, August 17 – Oakland, CA
Duende
468 19th St. / 9 pm / $15
http://www.duendeoakland.com

Monday August 18 – Sacramento, CA
Nebraska Mondays
Luna’s Café
1414 16th St. / 7:30 / $5-10 sliding scale
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Mondays-at-Lunas-Cafe/131081890235442

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

http://www.creativemusicguild.org/events/future-events/

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New Sam Boshnack Quintet Videos!

The Sam Boshnack Quintet is releasing videos from our May 9th concert!  There are two songs we performed off of “Exploding Syndrome” and one movement of The Nellie Bly Project.  Take a watch!



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.


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The Alchemy Project

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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

Websites of the other composers:
sumitonooka.com
ericalindsay.com
salimwashington.com
davidarend.com


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Sam Boshnack Quintet Premieres the Nellie Bly Project

 

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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.

 This project is made possible with support from 4culture and Sprout.

 

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