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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are a lot of very fine composers working with large jazz ensembles today, but what Claudia Doffinger does is in a class by itself. A native of Germany, here she leads the Austrian Graz Composers Orchestra in a program that mixes the colors and gestures of big band jazz with the language and rhythms of progressive rock and hip hop to create a very unique brew. For example, “Der vierundzwanzigste Sommer" combines angular big band shouts, a ...

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Graz Composers Orchestra meets Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The title of composer and pianist Claudia Döffinger's collaboration with Graz Composers Orchestra, Monochrome, is a bit of a misnomer. The seven pieces, five by Döffinger, are definitely not in shades of a single color. They are multitextured, vibrantly-hued and captivating, and often coalesce around one or two instruments like Kaleidoscopic patterns around light beams. For instance, the funky “Mumpitz" has a loose, swaggering cadence and energetic sparring between the band's three sections. At the core of the ...

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Claudia Döffinger: Monochrome

Read "Monochrome" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The turkey trot and tango became so popular by 1914 that the Vatican saw fit to denounce them. American ballrooms, once invaded by European dance steps, were now throbbing to these sexier moves. In his eminent book, The History Of Jazz, author Ted Gioia argues that such new currents in social dancing also forced a change on music. Jazz orchestras in New York were thus being dictated from the dance floor, not the bandstand. The great era of ...


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