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Global Concertos

by B'shnorkestra

Five distinct pieces for as many world-class soloists, resulting in an ambitious mélange of world music, classical, and jazz that brims with an integrity all its own.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prarthona (Live)
9:00 $2.00
2. Concerto for Julio (Live)
7:34 $2.00
3. Concerto for Christos (Live)
9:38 $2.00
4. Concerto for Talking Drum (Live)
8:29 $2.00
5. Concerto for Jazz Trumpet (Live)
8:15 $2.00
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Album Notes
For Global Concertos, composer Samantha Boshnack wrote five interlocking concertos, each featuring a prominent soloist from a different continent. Under the conduction of Joshua Kohl, Boshnack and her ensemble provide robust compositional frameworks for each soloist, while also pushing them beyond their comfort zones. From the first strains of Prarthona, featuring Indian classical vocalist Srivani Jade, the authenticity of Boshnack’s project is crystalline. The lyrics are from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, whose ode to absolute freedom is an ideal vehicle for Jade’s meticulous ornaments. The Concerto for Julio provides artful contrast. Written for pianist Julio Jáuregui, this piece draws on Jáuregui’s Latin American roots and exploits the piano as a percussion instrument. It’s also the most atmospherically varied of the concertos, flipping through scenery as if through a beloved photo album. In Concerto for Christos, Macedonian multi-instrumentalist Christos Govetas, here on clarinet, brings a distinctly Balkan flavor to the proceedings. The energy is inviting, the writing evocative, and the execution both of those things. While rhythm has always been a key component of Boshnack’s writing, her Concerto for Talking Drum takes that dynamic to a whole new level, as Senegalese percussionist Thione Diop brings his organic mastery of the West African talking drum to bear on this deft combination of African and Western motifs. Last is the Concerto for Jazz Trumpet, written for Seattle-native Thomas Marriott. The dedicatee’s tone is bright yet musky and carries it with a heavy charge. As the most overtly jazz-oriented of the concertos, it is emblematic for its spontaneity.
Whereas Boshnack’s last album, Exploding Syndrome, focused on extroversions, here she has given us an intelligent array that is decidedly intimate, even cinematic, in texture. Fans and newcomers alike won’t want to miss this statement from one of the most original voices in West Coast jazz, and beyond.

B'shnorkestra is:
Joshua Kohl conductor
, Samantha Boshnack trumpet/flugelhorn, 
Chris Credit alto saxophone/flute, Kevin Nortness tenor saxophone/bass clarinet
, Alex Guy & Paris Hurley violins, 
Brianna Atwell viola, 
Maria Scherer Wilson & Daniel Mullikin cellos,
Tim Carey & Carmen Rothwell upright basses, 
Adam Kozie & Greg Campbell drums/percussion, Ivan Galvez congas/percussion (tracks 2 and 4)

Recorded Live by Tom Fallat and Paurl Walsh at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Seattle, WA on Saturday May 9, 2015
Mixed by Evan Schiller at zulusound, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA
Album artwork by Arie Pytel
Global Concertos was made possible, in part by funding from New Music USA, 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.




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