NEXT MEETING; TUESDAY JANUARY 8, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
FERN LINDZON Jazz pianist and vocalist Fern Lindzon moves comfortably and creatively through a highly-personal repertoire of her own arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions. Her second CD, Two Kites received a JUNO Nomination as Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Fern also received a Vocal Group of the Year award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her work with the klezmer/swing band Sisters of Sheynville. Fern performs at Jazz festivals and clubs across Canada and is also sought out by Silent Film series and Festivals for her striking and original silent film scores. Visit http://www.fernlindzon.com for more information on Fern’s work.
BILLY STRAYHORN/DUKE ELLINGTON “NUTCRACKER SUITE”
Although there have been “jazzed up” versions of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, Billy Strayhorn’s suite composed for the Ellington orchestra is not that. Strayhorn re-imagined, re-composed and re-constructed this iconic music. He kept the dance movements, changed grooves and feels and moved themes around- sometimes using them as backgrounds for improvisation, sometimes as counter-melodies, sometimes abstractly and sometimes in your face. With imaginative titles such as “Sugar Rum Cherry”, “Chinoiserie” and “Arabesque Cookie” Strayhorn spend 6 months joyfully working on this fantastic musical work.
NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment. Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.