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445 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA
Sat, August 11, 2012
The August 11 concert is the culminating performance of the second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI), presented by The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University (CJS), in cooperation with The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network
The program features music by JCOI mentor composers and includes George Lewis’s The Will to Adorn which takes its title from a 1934 essay by Zora Neale Hurston, “Characteristics of Negro Expression;” Anne LeBaron’s Telluris Theoria Sacra (Sacred Theory of the Earth) depicting the chaos that preceded creation and inspired by Thomas Burnet’s 1681 text of the same title; Nicole Mitchell’s “dense, dramatic, and daring” (JazzHouse.org) Before and After (Nuclear War); Alvin Singleton’s Almost a Boogie for string trio, bassoon, horn, and piano; and Derek Bermel’s Three Rivers which combines both notated and improvised music. In addition, wild Up offers selections from its own eclectic repertoire including Art Jarvinen’s Egyptian Two-Step which features harmonica and compressed air cans; Andrew Tholl’s corpus callosom which shines a spotlight on the drum set as a prominent part of the ensemble; Brian Ferneyhough’s L’chute d’lcare inspired by the celebrated painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Breughel; and Tom Johnson’s Narayana’s Cows based on a numerical sequence resulting from a mathematical question cow reproduction posed by Narayana, an Indian mathematician from the 14th century.