Samantha Boshnack

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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 Indonesia, Chile, western USA, Mexico 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


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.