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Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt “Live In Santa Monica” is released!

New album out on Orenda Records!  Order today on CDbaby,  Amazon  or Apple Music.

Seismic Belt Press Release

What the press is saying:

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“Boshnack’s complex, episodic style of composition is a great fit for the equally complex and episodic subject matter, which she crafted into a whole set of works themed on this terrestrial phenomenon…. A Samantha Boshnack project is always an ambitious project. This time, she takes her ambitions to the next level and then puts it all on the line with a new band in front of a live audience. No sweat.”  – S. Victor Aaron/ Something Else! Reviews Read More

“With Boshnack at her cinematic best, Seismic Belt’s Compositions and performances present the musical equivalent of a camera zooming in and out, panning from side to side, and moving from slow-to fast-motion to reveal a volatile molten landscape from all angles.” – Karl Helander/Chamber Music America Read Full Boshnack Profile on page 12

“The music of ‘Seismic Belt’ is generously playful and adventurous. Each piece has multiple elements of styles from varied early jazz, lots of swing, a wide scope of dynamics, boundary jumping measures, and incredible dexterity (both mentally and physically). The entire event is first class throughout. The complex rhythms keep you on the edge of your seat and demands attention to that marvelous mind you have. This is big band done in a premium way, sometimes kiting all over the stage, only pausing for the occasional intimate trumpet solo, so soothing to the soul, or a quick side step for stand up bass, violin and quiet drumkit to make entrance for more peppy syncopated orchestration. It sounds like a perfect collision of her B’shnorkestra (her other larger ensembles of 14 members), and her Sam Boshnack Quintet, both having multiple ingredients, but the mixture is large scale orchestrated and then small details magnified among the majestic.
In the show, there are so many great jazz and classical composers that you may be reminded of (too many to list in fact), with some truly wonderful string arrangements, but nothing overshadows the astonishing style blend that Samantha Boshnack has created here. Her ‘Seismic Belt’ is among the best avant-garde bands I have ever heard”. – Lee Henderson/Big Beautiful Noise Read more

“Trumpeter and more importantly, composer (although she’s a fine trumpeter!) Sam is one of my very favorite up ‘n’ comers and if you haven’t already experienced her uniformly great body of work, this is a great place to start!” Steve Feigenbaum/ Wayside Music

“Boshnack skillfully weaves melodies, improvised solos, and pulses of varying intensity to express arcs, plate movements, and explosive volcanic activity. Seismic Belt has many jagged edges, abrupt explosions of improvisation, angular melodic passages, and uneven endings….
The musical expression of seismic activity demonstrates aptly Boshnack’s courageous nature as an artist. While most art springs from the well of human emotion and experience, Seismic Belt largely expresses the volatility and movement of the very earth we walk upon.” – Paul Rauch/Earshot Jazz Read more

“In which we find the answer to the question: can you win an award from Herb Alpert and turn around and make a record that Carla Bley would have been proud to release on Watt 40 years ago? This record answers both questions at once with a big yes. Displacing Rickie Lee Jones as a girl at her volcano, Boshnack’s fascination with volcanoes is the inspirational driving wheel behind this release so much so that you think you can hear the magma fermenting as you listen to this. Gleefully but seriously coloring outside the lines, progressive jazz fans will not go wrong taking a byte out of this. Well done.” – Chris Spector/ Midwest Record

“A fixture of Seattle’s prolific jazz community, Samantha Boshnack is both an agile, expressive trumpet player and a wily, far-reaching composer….  These songs tend toward a feeling of refined and respectful experimentation, and, perhaps owing to the musicians’ innate curiosity, occasionally veer into incendiary soloing. The work was inspired by the indigenous cultures and mercurial geology of the Ring of Fire, that Pacific Ocean-aligned zone of volcanoes and earthquakes that Boshnack says is “where the excitement begins.” –Jonathan Zwickel/Crosscut

credits

released March 15, 2019

Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Compositions
Ryan Parrish – Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Paris Hurley – Violin
Lauren Elizabeth Baba – Viola & Violin
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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NW Seismic Belt CD Release Shows

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“Like the Pacific Rim geology that inspired it, Boshnack’s piece bristled with layers of tension. Her use of strings was particularly effective, not only for warm textures, but sprightly plucking.” – Seattle Times – read full article
Friday, March 8, 8:00 pm
Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt
Washington Center Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St. SE , Olympia, WA 98501
Thursday March 14, 8:00 Pm
Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt Live in Santa Monica CD Release
Rae opens
Royal Room – – 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle


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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

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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