A New Space (new) for Mixed Jazz Chamber Ensemble
A New Space (new) is scored for a mix of chamber orchestral instruments and jazz instruments, and unfolds in three movements. They progress from a celebration of intentionality and traditional composition in the first, to an exploration of a rigorous improvisation through conducted gestures in the second. The final movement is the proposition of mixing the elements of the first and second movements together in some new predetermined/organic hybrid. As referenced in the score, this piece is also an homage to many of the people on whose shoulders I try to stand, such as Earl Brown and his open form orchestral innovations, Butch Morris with his ©Conduction improvisation techniques, and Walter Thompson and his ©Soundpainting method. The inspiration for the scoring and directions for rehearsing and conducting improvisation in this work owe their synthesis to these and many other important figures in my life. It’s my hope that this piece projects an imperative for gratitude, for all the things in life we may have or are striving for, or just for the people we love.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements -- A New Space (New) -- Program note - Performance note -- Performance instructions -- Conductor's instructions -- Score notes and notation key -- Instrumentation/stage set up -- Score pages -- References
D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts)