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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet

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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.  

October 3 & 4/ 8PM  Buy TICKETS

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.


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New Sam Boshnack Quintet Videos!

The Sam Boshnack Quintet is releasing videos from our May 9th concert!  There are two songs we performed off of “Exploding Syndrome” and one movement of The Nellie Bly Project.  Take a watch!



Video by Latona Arts, video editing by Brianna Atwell, sound recording by Robb Kunz.
This concert and video was made possible with generous funding from 4Culture.


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Sam Boshnack Quintet Premieres the Nellie Bly Project

 

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To listen to the debut and read more on the project go to: https://samanthaboshnack.wordpress.com/projects/sam-boshnack-quintet/nellie-bly-project/

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.

 


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Two CD Release Concerts

To celebrate the Sam Boshnack Quintet debut recording, Exploding Syndrome we have two special performances.  Friday, March 21st we are playing a late night set (after Julian Priester) at The Royal Room, and on Sunday March 30th we are opening for Linda Oh at the Seattle Art Museum presented by Earshot Jazz!   We hope you can join us!

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Sam Boshnack Quintet Nominated for Earshot Golden Ear Award

Each year, the Golden Ear Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the previous year in Seattle jazz. In the process, Seattle jazz fans and performers can take stock of and show gratitude for the region’s vibrant jazz ecology. The awards are determined by a combination of nominations and popular vote.  Samantha Boshnack Quintet is nominated under the Alternative Jazz Group.  > Click < to vote – no registration required.