Billy Strayhorn Revisited - Celebration of Jazz
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Alon Nechushtan Ensemble [new york / israel ] (Featuring Todd Marcus) : Strayhorn Revisited: A Middle Eastern Odyssey of Rhythm, Harmony & Groove - will blend both the sounds of Jazz and the middle east and it's rich influence over jazz musicians, through a broad periodic narrativic selection of some of Billy Strayhorn's greatest compositions in that vain. The concert spans an almost 100 year period - from the early Ellingtonian sound of the 20's to this day. The selected materials include a few of the essential gems from the Far East Suite (such as 'Agra', 'Amad', 'Mount Harrisa'), along with Strayhorn's later drammatic textual driven works such as 'Sonnet in search of a moor' & the adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's poem 'The Flowers Die of Love' and other chance encounters he had with the gripping influence of the Middle East. The program will conclude by blending my original 'SoulFulFire'- hommaging my personal inspiration with Billy's Harmonic gift as a composer and brilliant senes of integrating the middle eastern modes with sophisticated pallete of harmonic structures for improvisation.