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B’shnorkestra Global Concertos CD Release

B’shnorkestra is thrilled to announce the release of it’s second album – Global Concertos.

This recording was recorded live on May 9, 2015 by Tom Fallat and Paurl Walsh, mixed by Evan Schiller and mastered by Ed Brooks.

You can now purchase the CD on cdbabyAmazon iTunes and Bandcamp

B’shnorkestra was nominated for both Album of the Year (for Global Concertos) and Acoustic Jazz Ensemble in Earshot’s Golden Ear Awards.  These awards recognize the accomplishments of Seattle jazz artists over the previous year.

“Under the direction of Joshua Kohl, B’shnorkestra provides both compositional brilliance, and improvisational latitude… notions of freedom and spiritual unity are beautifully expressed by Boshnack’s modal transitions providing a musical landscape not “fragmented” by cultural bias.” – Paul Rauch/All of About Jazz.  Read More

“A sense of boundless – and borderless – creative improvisation infuses Boshnack’s cinematic compositions; her musical feat cannot be overlooked or overplayed.” – Halynn Blanchard/Earshot Jazz – Read More

“What you will find and hear in these five extended original compositions (from live performances, by the way) is a well-formed and well-thought out set of modern “chamber music”… but, it’s not boring, or plodding, or any of those terms that are often associated with the genre…. It was the wonderfully upbeat “Concerto for Talking Drum” that got my vote for personal favorite… you will hear Gypsy caravans, Hollywood horns and some of the most energetic up-front percussion that’s ever been recorded.  I give Samantha and her “B’shnorkestra” a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.”  – Dick Metcalf/Improvijazzation – Read More

Composer / band leader / trumpeter Samantha Boshnack gained *my* attention for her first release with this 14 piece big band, entitled “Go To Orange”, which came out of nowhere and hugely impressed me with its maturity. This is the somewhat different (more world music influences) but equally poised follow up and it is another excellent unclassifiable-but-still-jazz release. Highly recommended! – Wayside Music – Read More

Global Concertos Live, is a sprawling map of World musics cohered to meld into nearly avant-garde expositions rooted in firm historical roots. I say “nearly” as it’s evident avant-gardery wasn’t her full intent, but the result of the global transcosmopolitan blended with folk refrains and divers other elements puts the five long offerings here somewhere between what the Zoho label has been so prodigious in emitting and a neoclassical wrinkle no one has yet coined a genre term for. – Mark Tucker/VERITA VAMPIRUS CD REVIEW

Global Concertos is five Boshnack compositions, each showcasing a guest soloist’s instrument and tradition: Thione Diop – West African talking drum, Christos Govetas – Greek clarinet, Srivani Jade – North Indian vocals, Julio Jauregui – Latin American piano and Thomas Marriott – American jazz trumpet. In Global Concertos each artist brings their individual voice to the B’shnorkestra to create a new “all world” sound.

B’shnorkestra:  Samantha Boshnack (trumpet/composer),  Chris Credit & Kevin Nortness (woodwinds), Alex Guy & Paris Hurley (violin), Brianna Atwell (viola), Maria Scherer Wilson & Daniel Mullikin (cello), Tim Carey & Carmen Rothwell (bass), Adam Kozie & Greg Campbell (drums/percussion), Ivan Galvez (congas/percussion), Joshua Kohl (conductor)

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Alchemy Sound Project’s Debut CD “Further Explorations,” has been named by DownBeat Magazine as one of the top records of 2016.

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Alchemy Sound Project’s 2016 release Further Explorations presents innovative compositions and virtuoso performances by five jazz composer-performers, each a highly advanced improviser in their own right. The synergy of this collective, enhanced by two guest performers, produces music that is fascinating, raw and honest.

While the group’s configuration and roots serve as a continuation of the jazz tradition, the members also compose orchestral works, film scores, chamber music and solo pieces for various ensembles and projects across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Music education, support for the arts and expansion of cultural self-awareness and empowerment are important themes for this group.

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).

Buy CD at CD Baby and Amazon

Read DownBeat Review

For more information go to http://www.alchemysoundproject.com