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Voices: A Musical Heritage

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
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Tracks

The Parallel Steppes; Keeyn; Ochka; Yaseni; Homenaje; The Living mind; Oriri; Shadows; Choro para Amazonia; Ishpiming; The Bison Hunt.

Personnel

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
band / ensemble / orchestra
Neil Watson
saxophone
Sean Irvine
saxophone
Connor Derraugh
saxophone
Paul Balcain
saxophone
Niall Cade
saxophone
Monica Jones
saxophone
Kyle Wedlake
saxophone
Shane Hicks
trumpet
Joel Green
trombone
Jeffrey Acosta
trombone
Jeff Presslaff
trombone
Isabelle Lavoie
trombone, bass
Larry Roy
guitar

Additional Personnel / Information

Gilles Fournier: Bass; Karl Kohut: Bass; Fabio Ragnelli: Drums; Victoria Sparks: Percussion; Marco Castillo: Guitar; Henry Onwuchekwa: Bass, percussion, guitar; Rodrigo Munoz: Congas, Cajon.

Album Description

VOICES: A MUSICAL HERITAGE is the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra’s sixth release since their inception in 1997. This album is a collection of commissions from eight jazz composers meant to reflect some of Manitoba’s musical heritage: First Nations, Métis, Ukrainian, Jewish, Chilean, Brazilian, Nigerian and Icelandic. Beginning with The Parallel Steppes, John Stetch’s creative three-movement suite reimagines Ukrainian folk songs using chorale textures, fugue-like sections and exciting up-tempo swings. Throughout the album, the WJO weaves its way through the imaginations of each composer: an homage to Victor Jara in Rodrigo Muñoz’s Homenaje, an exploration of the ancient pentatonic scale in Jeff Presslaff’s The Living Mind, a celebration of community with Henry Onwuchekwa’s Oriri, sweeping, icy landscapes and folk music in Richard Gillis’s Shadows, Marco Castillo’s plea for protecting our Earth in Choro para Amazônia, the magical northern skies in Andrew Belfour’s Ishpiming, and the driving, relentless pursuit of Michelle Gregoire’s The Bison Hunt.


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