American Composers Orchestra - Innovating Right Before Your Ears

DonateNow


Jazz Composers Readings







ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

Working Rehearsal:
2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 5

Run-throughs:
7:30PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 6
Miller Theatre
at Columbia University
116th & Broadway, NYC
FREE and open to the public

Professional Development Workshop for Composers:
10:00AM-2:30PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
register here for the workshop

home

ACO's Underwood New Music Readings: June 3-4

concert schedule

support aco

 
































ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

Working Rehearsal:
2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 5

Run-throughs:
7:30PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 6
Miller Theatre
at Columbia University
116th & Broadway, NYC
FREE and open to the public

Professional Development Workshop for Composers:
10:00AM-2:30PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
register here for the workshop

home

ACO's Underwood New Music Readings: June 3-4

concert schedule

support aco

 


































ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

Working Rehearsal:
2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 5

Run-throughs:
7:30PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 6
Miller Theatre
at Columbia University
116th & Broadway, NYC
FREE and open to the public

Professional Development Workshop for Composers:
10:00AM-2:30PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
register here for the workshop

home

ACO's Underwood New Music Readings: June 3-4

concert schedule

support aco

 



































ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

Working Rehearsal:
2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 5

Run-throughs:
7:30PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 6
Miller Theatre
at Columbia University
116th & Broadway, NYC
FREE and open to the public

Professional Development Workshop for Composers:
10:00AM-2:30PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
register here for the workshop

home

ACO's Underwood New Music Readings: June 3-4

concert schedule

support aco

 





























ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

Working Rehearsal:
2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 5

Run-throughs:
7:30PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 6
Miller Theatre
at Columbia University
116th & Broadway, NYC
FREE and open to the public

Professional Development Workshop for Composers:
10:00AM-2:30PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
register here for the workshop

home

ACO's Underwood New Music Readings: June 3-4

concert schedule

support aco




































ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

Working Rehearsal:
2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 5

Run-throughs:
7:30PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
reserve free tickets for June 6
Miller Theatre
at Columbia University
116th & Broadway, NYC
FREE and open to the public

Professional Development Workshop for Composers:
10:00AM-2:30PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
register here for the workshop

home

ACO's Underwood New Music Readings: June 3-4

concert schedule

support aco

ACO's Jazz Composers
Orchestra Institute Readings

Sun., June 5 & Mon., June 6
Miller Theatre at
Columbia University, NYC

Hear what happens when jazz and improvisation meet the orchestra as eight composers have their works read by ACO.

The first-ever Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings, presented with The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, features readings of new works by eight composers chosen from participants in the JCOI Intensive, a five-day series of workshops and concerts that brought together more than 30 jazz composers on the Columbia campus in June 2010 to explore writing for the orchestra. The selected composers are:  Harris Eisenstadt, Mark Helias, Erica Lindsay, Nicole Mitchell, Rufus Reid, Jacob Sacks, Marianne Trudel, Adam Jenkins. Following the JCOI Intensive, these composers worked with mentor composers and conductors over the past year, to develop and score the works that will be presented during the Readings. JCOI is a new development aiming to provide resources for both jazz and classical music by promoting the emergence of composers trained in both jazz and new orchestral techniques.

Music Director George Manahan will conduct; mentor composers are Derek Bermel, ACO’s Creative Advisor, George Lewis, and Anthony Davis. The conductors, mentor composers, and principal players from ACO serve as liaisons and provide critical feedback to each of the participants during and after the Reading sessions.

Composers, conductors, and orchestra members will be blogging about their Readings experience on NewMusicBox and SoundAdvice, and Jeremy Robins, filmmaker, will be on hand to record a video diary of the Readings.

In conjunction with the readings ACO is offering a Professional Development Workshop to composers in the community. The session takes place on June 4 from 10am-2:30pm and will cover topics ranging from copyright and contract negotiations to fundraising and score engraving. Space is limited to 20 people and requires a 15 dollar registration fee. Click here to register for the seminar.

DOTS

Harris Eisenstadt: Palimpsest


listen to Eisenstadt's Song for Owen
perf. Nat Wooley, Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Harris Eisenstadt

Harris EisenstadtOne of only a handful of jazz drummers who is equally well known as a composer, Harris Eisenstadt is a versatile and prolific musician. AllAboutJazz.com has called him “one of the new generation’s leading composers” and the Village Voice said, “He’s perpetually building new ensembles to suit the variety of music he hears in his head – that’s what composers do.” Harris’s resume includes studies with luminaries of jazz and West African drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater, to poetry, dance, new music and opera. He has earned commissions from organizations such as Meet the Composer and the American Composers Forum, and in the past decade has appeared on more than 35 recordings.

Harris speaks about the creation of Palimpsest, his first work for full orchestra, “I sketched most of the material in the summer of 2010 and, after seemingly endless revisions, ‘completed’ the piece in March 2011. I include quotation marks around ‘completed’ because it was discomforting to submit a final draft and surrender further opportunities for revision – Palimpsest is essentially finished, but feels abandoned somehow. Thankfully, Derek Bermel reminded me of Paul Valéry’s quote, ‘a poem is never finished, only abandoned.’ Perhaps the process is more important than the end result, though admittedly, I can’t wait to listen to it rehearsed and read.

DOTS

Mark Helias: Stochasm
www.markhelias.com

 
listen to exerpts from Helias's Roger for big band and The Archduke 
perf. NDR Big Band and Open Loose Trio

Mark HeliasAmerican double bassist and composer, Mark Helias, is a leader in the world of creative improvised music as well as an innovator of extended techniques for his instrument. A graduate of Yale School of Music, he is trained as both an orchestral musician and a jazz improviser. Mark is a prolific composer and has written the music for the 11 albums he’s released since 1984. He has worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Anthony Braxton, Ed Blackwell, Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Marilyn Crispell and Julius Hemphill. Mark teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School, and SIM (School for Improvised Music) and is committed to broadening the scope of musical education.

“I endeavored to make the musical themes emerge through a veil of color and atmosphere by sometimes burying them inside the background orchestration,” says Mark in speaking of Stochasm, one of his first works for orchestra. “The piece is intended to function like a lens gradually moving from soft focus to a more stark clarity and in the end, a return to the wistful airiness of the opening glissandi strings.”

DOTS

Adam Jenkins: Floating Bridge
www.adam-jenkins.com

 
listen to Jenkins's Hell is a long way from home
perf. by the Ganbare Spirits Ensemble

Adam JenkinsA native of Wyoming, Adam Jenkins’ unique compositional style has been influenced by his interests in such diverse fields as molecular biology and a fascination with the cultures of Japan and China. A self-taught composer, saxophonist and flutist, Adam has been inspired by the many styles he has performed, ranging from avant-garde jazz to Afro-Haitian pop, as well as Japanese classical and folk music. Adam’s own high-energy ensemble, The Ganbare Spirits (Ganbare is Japanese for “go for it!”), plays a vibrant blend of modern big band jazz with Afro-Cuban and Japanese accents. Adam has recorded with the Sonic Liberation Front and his own Jenkins/Brown Quintet.

Adam talks about The Floating Bridge of Dreams, “My first foray into the world of orchestral music prompted a number of questions about how to approach melody and rhythm, (two staples of all musical styles), but both often approached very differently between genres and cultures.” He says, “Rather than try to write a piece in the jazz style, I decided to just begin with a theme and let my influences come out naturally.”

DOTS

Erica Lindsay: Inner Dialogue
www.ericalindsay.com

Erica LindsayTenor saxophonist and composer Erica Lindsay studied at the Berklee College of Music and in Europe with pianist Mal Waldron. Erica launched her international career when she moved to New York and began touring with Melba Liston & Co., while also performing with such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Mary Lou Williams and others. After leaving Liston’s group, Erica continued to work in New York and also pursued academic interests, earning a degree from New York University. Featured in Sally Placksin’s book “American Women in Jazz,” Eric currently performs with her own quartet, Sumi Tonooka, the Jeff Siegel Quartet, the Oliver Lake Big Band, the Baikida Carroll Quintet and others. Erica resides in Rosendale, New York and teaches at Bard College.

Erica speaks about Inner Dialogue, her first orchestral work, “In this piece I tried to follow the narrative of an idea, first from the initial thought, and then flowing through the inner dialogue that invariably ensues before it gains enough momentum to manifest in actual physical form.” “My challenge was to keep an improvisational flow through the sometimes quickly changing moods and get through to the end within the time frame of five to six minutes.”

DOTS

Nicole Margaret Mitchell:
Stealing Freedom in Broad Daylight
www.nicolemitchell.com

Nicole Margaret MitchellChicago Reader has called Nicole Margaret Mitchell “a compelling improviser of wit, determination, positivity, and tremendous talent.” Mitchell’s compositions reach across sound worlds, integrating new ideas with the legacy of jazz, gospel, pop and African percussion. With her ensembles, as a featured flutist, and as a music educator, Nicole has been featured at art venues and festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Mitchell was the first woman president of Chicago’s groundbreaking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and helped to co-found the AACM’s first all-woman ensemble, Samana. As a composer, performer and educator, Nicole continues in the exciting directions in music that AACM has charted for decades. She’s currently is a Visiting Lecturer at University of Illinois: Chicago, where she directs the UIC Jazz Ensemble, and teaches jazz history. She also teaches jazz at ChiArts, Chicago’s first public high school for the arts.

Nicole’s first full orchestra work is Stealing Freedom in Broad Daylight. Nicole discusses the work, “While composing the piece I reflected on images of Harriet Tubman journeying…of Tubman’s pounding African heart, the dark night sky and its wisdom, the wondrous miracle of freedom, the torture of circumstance, the gentleness of the field, the evil in humanity that menaced her journey to liberate others—these images are woven into the work’s sound fabric.”.

DOTS

Rufus Reid:
Mass Transit: Metropolis

www.rufusreid.com

 
listen to Reid's Hues of a Different Blue
perf. Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, Daduka Da Foncesca, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hendrix, JD Allen

Rufus ReidRufus Reid is a forty-five year veteran jazz bassist with over 350 recordings in his discography. He has provided the pulse for groups featuring such members of the jazz pantheon as Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Dorham, Nancy Wilson and many more. Recently, Rufus has been extremely active as a composer for small and large ensembles. The United States Air Force Band of the West has recorded Rufus’ Come Out and Play and has commissioned him to compose a work for their concert band. Ever active in the recording studio, Hues of a Different Blue is the Rufus Reid Trio’s newest album.

Rufus speaks about Mass Transit: Metropolis, “It suggests a 21st century glimpse of a mass transit system of a bustling big city from dawn to dawn.” A jazz legend, Rufus discusses composing for full orchestra, “The challenge I faced working on this project has been primarily for me to learn how to utilize the orchestra with my jazz sensibilities and concepts which, at the outset, are not highly revered by the traditionalist.” He adds, “Breaking any tradition is a daunting task.”

DOTS

Jacob Sacks:
jsqz

www.myspace.com/jacobsacks

Jacob SacksThe strong individual voice of Michigan-born pianist Jacob Sacks has been heard in a variety of jazz settings, from the Mingus Big Band to the Paul Motian Septet. A 1995 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Jacob was a finalist in the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Sacks has toured Europe, the U.S. and Canada with such musicians as Clark Terry, Joe Maneri, Charles Gayle, Eddie Henderson, Christian McBride, Chris Potter and many others. Currently, Jacob partners with vocalist Yoon Sun Choi and is a co-leader with bassist Eivind Opsvik of the quartet Two Miles a Day. Jacob currently resides in Brooklyn where he is working on several recording projects and teaching in his private practice.lue is the Rufus Reid Trio’s newest album.

Jacob talks about jqxz, his first orchestral work, “As I was walking up 6th Avenue in Manhattan one day, I couldn’t help but think about how many different people would travel over that block of sidewalk for so many reasons, and yet co-exist, cross and follow in each other’s paths.” He explains, “Jqxz explores the concept of multiplicity of musical ideas that share the same time frame. Some develop, some are static, some relate, some conflict, and some do it all – not unlike the marvelous cacophony of that block in Manhattan.”

DOTS

Marianne Trudel:
La Promesse

www.mariannetrudel.com

 
listen to Trudel's Et la terre tourne...
perf. Marianne Trudel, Anne Schaefer, Lina Allemano, Jean-Olivier Begin, Jocelyn Vielleux, Normand Guilbeault, Philippe Melanson

Marianne TrudelMarianne Trudel is a multi-talented jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. As a performer she pursues an active career in a variety of settings, from solo to large ensemble, in Canada, the U.S. and France. Marianne has shared the stage with such pop and jazz luminaries as Charles Aznavour, Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Dresser, Chucho Valdes and many others. Trudel earned a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor in Jazz Performance from McGill University. She is also the recipient of the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada (Montreal Jazz Festival 2007). Marianne has composed and arranged music for Radio-Canada, the ensemble OktoEcho, the Henry Mancini Institute, the McGill Jazz Orchestra and numerous short films. the Rufus Reid Trio’s newest album.

Marianne Trudel speaks about La Promesse, her first piece for full orchestra, “The element of surprise in music is of paramount importance to me. As a composer and improviser a degree of uncertainty is a fundamental requirement in any musical performance. La Promesse is my attempt to create a composition that will enable performers to yield a different interpretation at each performance, yet never at the expense of its basic identity and overall form.”

DOTS 

George Manahan, conductor

George ManahanGeorge Manahan currently the Music Director of New York City Opera, has had an unusually wide-ranging career, embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. His most recent appearance with ACO was in February 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Mr. Manahan led a concert of world premieres, which included the much-praised multimedia works BREAKDOWN! by Margaret Brouwer and Kasumi, Rand Steiger’s Cryosphere, and Fang Man’s Resurrection. In 2006, he workshopped and led performances of music by emerging composers Anna Clyne, Fang Man, Robert Gates, and Paul Richards during ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings. In addition to his work with ACO, in fall 2010, he furthered his commitment to working with young musicians by joining the Manhattan School of Music faculty as Director of Orchestral Studies.

At New York City Opera, Mr. Manahan helped envision the organization’s groundbreaking VOX program, a series of workshops and readings that have provided unique opportunities for numerous composers to hear their new concepts realized, and introduced audiences to exciting new compositional voices. Manahan’s passion for the music of our time was ignited in 1980 when he was chosen as the Exxon Arts Endowment Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony. He made his mark on the opera world in his debut with the Santa Fe Opera, conducting the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Von Heute Auf Morgen. His wide-ranging recording activities include the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Tehillim for ECM; recordings of Edward Thomas’s Desire Under the Elms, which was nominated for a Grammy; Joe Jackson’s Will Power; and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. His enthusiasm for contemporary music continues today; he has conducted numerous world premieres, including Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, David Lang’s Modern Painters, and the New York premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner. In 2009, Mr. Manahan conducted the sold-out world premiere of Ask Your Mama! at Carnegie Hall.

Manahan has conducted the symphonies of Atlanta, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Columbus, and New Jersey, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music symphonies, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and at Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival. He appears regularly with the opera companies of Santa Fe and Portland, and Glimmerglass Opera. He has led the opera companies of Seattle, Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera National du Paris, Teatro de Communale de Bologna, the Bergen Festival (Norway), the Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), and Minnesota Opera, where he served as principal conductor. As music director of the Richmond Symphony (VA) for twelve years, where he also appeared as piano soloist, he was honored four times by the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for his commitment to 20th century music.”

DOTS 

Tickets & Info

ACO performs at Columbia University's Miller Theatre Sunday, June 5, 2pm-5:00pm; and Monday, June 6, 2011, 7:30pm.
 
Miller Theatre is located at 116th Street and Broadway.

The readings are free and open to the public. No ticket is required, but reservations are recommended. (See sidebar for links to make a reservation online.)

top | home | concerts | donate | join our email list