Samantha Boshnack

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NW Seismic Belt CD Release Shows


“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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Alchemy Sound Project Shows and CD

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.


In 2018 Alchemy Sound Project released their 2nd CD


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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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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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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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 Chile, Japan, Alaska, Iceland, Western Samoa, 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

The Band:

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.

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Boshnack is awarded Make Jazz Fellowship!


 Boshnack has been selected as the 2018 Make Jazz Fellow.  The Seventh Annual Make Jazz Fellowship is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to honor and support promising, emerging Jazz composers.  18th Street Arts Center will provide her with a three-month fully funded residency in Los Angeles, starting February 2018.  While there, she will compose and rehearse “Seismic Belt” with a band of LA musicians she assembles. At the end of the residency, she will premiere the work at a large concert in an LA venue presented by 18th Street Arts Center.

Prior recipients of the Make Jazz Fellowship are Matana Roberts, Tomeka Reid, John Ellis, Marquis Hill, Teddy Raven, and Giorgi Mikadze. Click here for more information.

Stay tuned for more developments as the time draws nearer….