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July 14 Awakening Orchestra

http://www.awakeningorchestra.com Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical … Continue reading

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July 21 Neal Kirkwood Big Band

http://www.nealkirkwood.com Pianist and composer Neal Kirkwood has a diverse background in jazz, classical and theater. Some recent compositions include “5 Choruses from Mexico City Blues”, set to Jack Kerouac’s poems, written for jazz chorus and big band, and “Ruminations”, settings of Rumi for chorus and jazz quartet. His 17-piece big band will perform several works … Continue reading