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.
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.
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/
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.
“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).