Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sound Advice - Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Concerts

I know you've been waiting for it...
Now is your chance to tell us what you thought about the Wet Ink and ACO concerts!

Here are a few questions to get the ball rolling...
- What surprised you most about the concert? 
- What piece did you enjoy the most? Why?
- How did you first hear about this performance?

(By the way, if you filled out a SoundAdvice survey at the concert, look for your answers in the comments section!)
Photo: Gil Rose conducting ACO in rehearsal at Miller Theater

Jazz Institute featured in NPR Blog!

The week of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute has come to a close, but people are still talking about all of the incredible work that was done by the mentors, participants, and performers from both ACO and the Wet Ink Ensemble.
Reporter Lara Pellegrinelli attended many of the seminars and rehearsals and is blogging about the Institute over at NPR's 'A Blog Supreme'. Check out her posts here.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Let's hear from the JCOI participants...

The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute has come to an end, and we are glad that everyone had a great time! It definitely gave many an opportunity to explore new jazz ideas, learn from the resident mentors, and also enjoy the two concerts by Wet Ink and the ACO. Thanks to all who contributed in their very own way to make this institute possible!

During the Institute, we chatted with some of the participants during their lunch and dinner breaks to find out how they're doing at the institute...

The youngest composer participant at the JCOI, 17-year-old Phillip Golub, who studies in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA.

One of the three female composer participants at the JCOI, Nicole Mitchell, from Chicago.

Composer participant Juan Zhou, from China, shares with us her experience at the JCOI.

That's all for now, stay tuned for more webcam interviews from the institute!

Friday, July 23, 2010

First Day at the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute!

Here at Columbia University's Dodge Hall, where fellow composers and musicians gather to share their ideas on jazz and contemporary music composition. Attending seminars, workshops.. not forgetting high tea.. and most importantly meeting and interacting with new people!

Director at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, George Lewis and Program Director at the Center for Jazz Studies, Dan Beaudoin, tell us what JCOI is all about!


Also, resident composers Derek Bermel and Tania León share with us what jazz means to them and how it has impacted their musical life...

More chats with participants and resident composers at the JCOI coming up! Watch this space.