Several bands of LA’s finest young musicians (ages 18-25) compete for a paid spot on the Angel City Jazz Festival. Each group will play a short set, then a panel of expert judges will select the winner. One musician will also receive a scholarship to the UC San Diego Jazz Camp.
This show will begin at 7 instead of 7:30, in order to accommodate all the contestants.
Trombone virtuoso Michael Vlatkovich presents a set of compositions with improvisation for brass and reeds.
A quintet capable of summoning the orchestral depth of Weather Report and the excitement of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Continuum will present an intimate mostly-acoustic set.
Cornetist Bobby Bradford and his all-star band (with Vinny Golia, William Roper, Don Preston, Dave Tranchina, and Tina Raymond), performed a set of original music. A major part of the LA jazz underground since the 1960s, Bradford has recorded as a leader and with Ornette Coleman, David Murray, John Carter, John Stevens, Nels Cline, and many others.
Nomadic keyboard virtuoso Thollem McDonas joined westside percussion legend Alex Cline for an improvised set, now available on CD and download: https://thollemsastraltravelingsessions.bandcamp.com/album/thollem-alex-cline
Camera Obscura Artist in Residence Alex Wand performed with his experimental pop band Desert Magic, including Logan Hone, Luke Williams, and Stuart Wheeler.
Downtown icon Elliott Sharp reads from his new book IrRational Music (Terra Nova/MIT) and performs a solo guitar set.
The third and final show of our first season with Jacaranda is a preview of selections from their May 25 program, which includes work by Alban Berg, Mauricio Kagel, Witold Lutoslawski, and Wolfgang Mozart.
For their May 15, 2019 performance, the four trumpeters of the Carillon Quartet played a continuous set of compositions and structured improvisations, coordinated with film and prerecorded electronics.
- Stefano Scodanibbio – Plaza (2002)
- Tangos (arr. Dan Gonzalez, 2019)
- Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion
- Astor Piazzolla – Adios Nonino
- Carlos Gardel – Por Una Cabeza
- Carlos Gardel – El Dia Que Me Quieras
- Carillon Quartet – Music of the Spheres (2019)
- David Rosenboom – Zones of Coherence (2003)
- Carillon Quartet – Sonic Meditation (inspired by Pauline Oliveros) (2019)
The Carillon Quartet: Nicolas Bejarano, Ethan Marks, with special guests Michael Davis and Dillon Parker.
Audio and video design by Nicolas Bejarano and Ethan Marks.
About the Program: El Aleph is the second installment of a series of concerts inspired by the literature of Jorge Luis Borges. We’re awakened by Stefano Scodanibbio’s Plaza (2002), representing the feeling of stirring remembrances of past time, of loss, and of the inevitable discomfort of grief. The music is accompanied by videos of the Los Angeles skyline at sunrise and sunset. The piece transitions into traditional tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel, arranged by Mexican composer Dan Gonzales, as the video moves into footage of a by-gone Hollywood era overlaid with that most common of LA phenomena: traffic. The tangos devolve into Music of the Spheres, a sound bath of Tibetan singing bowls, ancient trumpets, and manipulated sounds from NASA’s recordings of the planets. We have discovered The Aleph: a convergence of space-time containing all other points of space-time. Simultaneously, the video transitions to images of black holes, nebulae, star fields, pulsars, and simulated exo-planets. Inside this meditation, confronting the infinite, we are slowly brought back to reality through David Rosenboom’s Zones of Coherence (2003). With unusual trumpet sounds, virtuosic runs, and echoes of nature, we find comfort in a familiar place, ourselves changed by the discovery of The Aleph. As the piece comes to a close, the concert ends with a Pauline Oliveros-inspired deep listening meditation, accompanied by a time-lapse video of the Super Blue Blood Moon over Los Angeles on January 31, 2018. The Carillon Quartet invites the audience to contribute sonically to this meditation if inspiration strikes. The performance runs for approximately 70min with no interruptions. We hope you enjoy taking this journey with us. —The Carillon Quartet
Recorded by Adam Borecki Recording adamborecki.com