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Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt “Live In Santa Monica” To Be Released on March 15

This new album will be released on Orenda Records!  Pre-order today on Amazon  or Apple Music.

The trumpeter and composer Samantha Boshnack isn’t a geologist by trade, but she certainly thinks a lot about earthquakes and volcanoes. Over the past 15 years, while living in her adopted hometown of Seattle, Boshnack has hiked the environs of Washington’s Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens with a kind of unnerved fascination. During her travels in places like Mexico and Indonesia, she’s made a point to visit the storied volcanic sites. Throughout her journeys, a couple of questions have persisted: What causes these astounding landscapes and events, and how are they all connected? And how can these vistas be so unspeakably beautiful yet also harbor such a profound potential for catastrophe?

Boshnack’s inquiries led her to an exhaustive study of the Ring of Fire, the horseshoe-shaped region surrounding the Pacific that contains the majority of the world’s volcanoes and experiences about 90 percent of its earthquakes. Her answers, from the purely emotional to the surprisingly scientific, can be found on Live in Santa Monica, the new Orenda Records release by Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt. With Boshnack on trumpet and flugelhorn, Ryan Parrish on tenor and baritone saxophones, Paul Cornish on piano, Nashir Janmohamed on double bass and Dan Schnelle on drums  more

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releases March 15, 2019

Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet; Compositions
Ryan Parrish – Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Paris Hurley – Violin
Lauren Elizabeth Baba – Viola
Paul Cornish – Piano
Nashir Janmohamed – Double Bass
Dan Schnelle – Drums

Commissioned and premiered at 18th Street Arts Center, California

Recorded at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, Roth Hall, Santa Monica, CA, on April 13, 2018

Daniel Jimenez Afanador – Recording Engineer, Live Engineer
Harry Rabin – Assistant Engineer
Jacob Walker – Assistant Engineer
Mixed by Evan Schiller at zulusound, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA

Cover Image: The sun illuminates ash from the Calbuco volcano in Chile on April 22, 2015, © Alex Vidal Brecas

Album design by Anne Mathews

Special thanks to Stella Rossi, Mark Boshnack, Daniel Rosenboom, Chris Credit, the Herb Alpert Foundation, the fabulous folks at 18th Street Arts Center, and the incredible musicians who leapt into the fire with me.

All music composed by Samantha Boshnack
© Shnack Music, ASCAP

ORENDA RECORDS 0059
www.orendarecords.com


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Selected as a Composer Fellow of the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music

I’m honored to have been selected as a Composer Fellow in the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music.  In 2019 I will be working with Gabriela, attending residencies along with the other fellows in Boonville, CA, and composing and premiering a string trio for Just a Trio.  For more information, please visit:

https://www.glfcam.com/samantha-boshnack

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Alchemy Sound Project Shows and CD

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Alchemy Sound Project presents the world premiere of Erica Lindsay’s Meditations on Transformation 

Music commissioned by Chamber Music America New Jazz Works program with generous support from the Doris Duke Foundation.

Monday December 10, 7:00 pm
exuberance, 1220 n master st, Philadelphia
Tuesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Greenwich House, 27 Barrow St., New York City.

4 stars “a mesmerizing combination of chamber jazz, symphonic music, modern jazz and big band…the sound of the full ensemble is beautiful and powerful…you’ll love it all.”—Bob Protzman, DownBeat

 “The picturesque music evolves as it progresses…subtle, tasteful, and thoughtful…”—Scott Yanow, Jazz Artistry Now

“…a stellar work of art…a beautiful and entertaining aural excursion.”—D. Glenn Daniels, The Jazz Page

The concert features Alchemy Sound Project members pianist Sumi Tonooka, saxophonist Erica Lindsay, trumpeter Samantha Boshnack, Salim Washington on woodwinds, and bassist David Arend, along with trombonist Willem De Koch and guest drummer Victor Lewis.

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In 2018 Alchemy Sound Project released their 2nd CD

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CD Credits
Erica Lindsay – tenor saxophone
Samantha Boshnack – trumpet, flugelhorn
Salim Washington – tenor saxophone,
alto flute, bass clarinet
Sumi Tonooka – piano
David Arend – double bass
Jonathan Blake – drums, percussion
Michael Spearman – trombone
Album art: Peggy Gyulai

A collective of five forward-thinking composer-performers traversing the borders between the composed and the improvised, Alchemy Sound Project creates and performs groundbreaking new work that combines elements of jazz, world music and modern chamber music. The group – which is diverse in age, ethnicity and gender – has released two critically acclaimed recordings: Further Explorations which earned the band a place on DownBeat Magazine’s Best Albums of 2016 list and their 2018 release Adventures in Time and Space, which has been heralded as “mesmerizing…wholly recommended” by Mike Greenblatt in The Aquarian.

The five core members of Alchemy Sound Project were initially brought together by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, a program of the American Composers Orchestra and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University that encourages jazz composers to explore writing music for symphony orchestra. Saxophonist Lindsay attended the first JCOI session in 2010; at her encouragement, both Tonooka (a frequent collaborator) and trumpet player Boshnack (a former student of Lindsay’s at Bard College) enrolled in the second round in 2012. There, Tonooka and Boshnack met and bonded with bassist Arend and multi-reedist Washington.


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SEISMIC NEW COMPOSITIONS UNVEILED AT EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL

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Photo by Alex Vidal Brecas

Earshot Jazz Festival presents the hometown premiere of Seattle-based composer & trumpeter Samantha Boshnack’s “Seismic Belt.”

Samantha Boshnack: Seismic Belt
Friday October 12, 7:30pm
The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
$20 adults, $18 Earshot members and seniors, $10 students and military.
Ticket link, Facebook Event

This eight-movement work is an exploration of seismic activity along the Ring of Fire through musical composition, experimenting with the friction of geographic shifts to create a new harmonic topography.  The music examines our relationship with the earth we live on, and the element of risk and faith in that uneasy cohabitation. Movements of the work draw on influences and stories from some of the cultures and people living on the Ring in places such as Chile, Japan, Alaska, Western Samoa, and Russia.  

Boshnack wrote “Seismic Belt” during a 3-month residency at 18th Street Arts Center earlier this year, through their annual Make Jazz Fellowship in Los Angeles. This award is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to support promising, emerging composers.  Boshnack debuted the music in two concerts in LA with an all-star band she assembled. This Earshot Festival performance of “Seismic Belt” features an incredible line-up of Seattle musicians joined by one special guest from her Los Angeles band – Lauren Elizabeth Baba on violin & viola.  Pianist Alex Chadsey has been a mainstay of Boshnack’s projects, as has drummer Max Wood and tenor and baritone saxophonist Chris Credit. Troy Shiefelbein joins on upright bass, and violinist Begin Scarseth rounds out the string section with Baba.  This unusual instrumentation brings together elements of her previous ensembles: she combines her love of string writing (as evidenced in B’shnorkestra) with a piano-driven rhythm section (from Sam Boshnack Quintet) and horn-heavy melodies (in Reptet).
Photos by Emma Wang, courtesy of 18th Street Arts Center.

     Boshnack’s love of hiking the peaks of the Pacific Northwest, combined with travels to other areas located on the Ring sparked her fascination with volcanoes, and the cultures that surround them.  As with her other recent projects, this work leads the listener into a storied landscape projected as musical narrative. In 2017, she released “Nellie Bly Project” which illustrated the 19th-century daredevil/feminist/journalist’s heroic life.  In 2016, her desire to celebrate individual expression and virtuosity of musicians outside of Western classical music prompted her to compose “Global Concertos” – which explored the sounds of five continents, performed with a representative musical ambassador from each.

Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt Live in Santa Monica will be released in March 2019 on Orenda Records!

 


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DUO PERFORMANCE WITH MARINA ALBERO

On Wednesday, June 27 Boshnack will be unveiling a new duo project at Seattle’s underground music venue – Substation.  Featuring Marina Albero (Wurlitzer, keyboard, cajon) and herself (trumpet) they will be exploring Boshnack’s compositions in a most intimate and experimental way.  The event starts at 8 p.m. and also features sets by Michael Owcharuk, Shawn Smith and Kathy Moore.   Boshnack/Albero will play at 9 pm.  Facebook Event
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Seismic Belt Premieres in Los Angeles

Composer, trumpeter and music educator Samantha Boshnack brings her large body of multi-movement work to 18th Street Arts Center’s annual Make Jazz Fellowship. Based in Seattle, Boshnack is in residence at 18th Street Arts Center from February 1 – April 29, 2018.

The new work she will develop during her time in Southern California explores seismic activity along the Ring of Fire through musical composition, experimenting with the friction of geographic shifts to create a new harmonic topography.  This music examines our relationship with the earth we live on, and the element of risk and faith in that uneasy cohabitation.  Movements of the work will draw on influences from some of the cultures and people living on the Ring such as Chile, Japan, Alaska, Iceland, Western Samoa, and Russia.

Boshnack will be premiering the new work in two concerts across LA:

Samantha Boshnack: Works in Progress
March 19, 2018 | Doors 8 PM, Show at 9 PM
bluewhale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Ste. 301, LA (Little Tokyo)

Samantha Boshnack: Seismic Belt
Make Jazz Culminating Concert
Friday, April 13, 2018 | Doors 7 PM, Show at 7:30 PM | FREE
Roth Hall @ Crossroads – 1714 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
RSVP

The Band:

Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Ryan Parrish – Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
Paris Hurley – Violin
Lauren Elizabeth Baba – Violin & Viola
Paul Cornish – Piano
Nashir Janmohamed – Upright & Electric Bass
Dan Schnelle – Drums

18th Street Arts Center hosts its Make Jazz Fellowship annually with support from the Herb Alpert Foundation. This award to honor and support American jazz artists is awarded to an emerging jazz composer, and includes a three-month, fully funded residency and a culminating performance, as well as opportunities to lead master classes. This opportunity offers critical support for the artistic evolution of young Jazz artists who are establishing future directions for this unique American art form.

During her residency, Samantha Boshnack will start writing this expansive new work and  continue her quest to adapt her compositional ideas for different kinds of musicians. She will debut the new work in two concerts at the bluewhale in Little Tokyo, and Roth Hall in Santa Monica. In addition, Boshnack will mentor students in the Jazz program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.