Samantha Boshnack is a featured composer in the Frye Art Museum’s current exhibition: Moment Magnitude. She performed with her quintet (featuring Dawn Clement, Beth Fleenor, Isaac Castillo, and Max Wood) as part of the exhibit. Light installation/scuplture by LILIENTHAL | ZAMORA.
“I don’t remember meeting Samantha. She just seemed to appear on the scene one day and since then she’s been an enormous part of this Seattle community. At the expense of sounding weird, she reminds me of myself in a couple of ways: always a little harried and always ready to make something happen.
Sam’s music is a blast, sometimes literally. She plays with all her heart and her projects are always about pushing herself, without a lot of concern for what’s “important” right now or where the “envelope” is. That’s something I admire in an artist. There are a lot of musicians in this town, but Sam is a musician and an artist. She has a vision, the energy to make it happen, and the artistry to bring it to her audience.”
—Wayne B. Horvitz
Wayne B. Horvitz is a Seattle-based composer and the force behind the Royal Room in Columbia City.
As a composer, Samantha Boshnack fuses jazz, world music, and contemporary classical music. Rather than create compositions that are comprised of the essence of these worlds, she focuses on how these languages have cumulatively shaped her individual voice. With this in mind, she creates ensemble works with intricately woven soundscapes, harboring deep grooves and punctuated, explosive improvisations.
As Boshnack notes, “My intention is to charge orchestral and chamber precision with the syncopated rhythm of my personal blend of jazz, rock, world, and experimental music. This manifests as a large ensemble in my B’shnorkestra, in Reptet (an internationally touring collaborative project), and in the highly fluid mobility of the Quintet. In each, I aim to eliminate boundaries and create a sound that reflects the dynamic complexities of individual experience—that’s also a really good time.”
The Frye Art Museum performance will feature eight new works for the Quintet, including suites written in honor of the Mount St. Helens eruption, and Seattle’s newest music hub, the Royal Room. Often inspired to write in celebration of new moments in our community, Boshnack is delighted to present seismic work for quintet in honor of Mw [Moment Magnitude]. The Quintet features Boshnack (trumpets), with Beth Fleenor (clarinets/voice), Dawn Clement (keyboard), Isaac Castillo (bass), and Max Wood (drums).