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Kyle Saulnier

Hailed as “a composer and arranger certainly worthy of considerable attention” (Bill Donaldson, Cadence), Kyle Saulnier writes music of dramatic intensity and immediacy, fusing orchestral techniques with modern jazz vocabulary into music described as “lush and inventive” (WNYC), and “fearlessly relevant” (NY Music Daily). For his Awakening Orchestra, Saulnier has composed two symphonies, a violin concerto, and scores of other compositions in addition to arrangements and orchestrations ranging from Copland to Nine Inch Nails. The orchestra’s debut was called “as rare an achievement as Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill” (All About Jazz), and “a unique and masterful work.” (Cadence Magazine) Not limited to jazz or avant-garde music, Saulnier has written for the Metropole Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, National Geographic Television, BET Awards, and TURNmusic

Awakening Orchestra

Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer. Interspersing original work - like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony - with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material

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Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

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Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

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Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A tre decenni dalla morte del suo leader, esce il 7 dicembre il nuovo disco della Gil Evans Orchestra finalmente registrato in studio. Com'è noto, sia gli ultimi album della band con l'arrangiatore ancora in vita, sia il postumo Tribute To Gil (Soul Note 1989), con la formazione orfana, erano registrazioni live, spesso acusticamente carenti. Per ...

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Things We Like: Novembre 2016

Read "Things We Like: Novembre 2016" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By VIC ALBANI Se state cercando un grande regalo musicale per il prossimo natale, ecco uno dei più dischi più belli e interessanti degli ultimi anni, sopra ogni etichetta, sopra ogni genere. Before the Dawn, raccoglie lo straordinario ritorno sulle scene “una tantum" di sua maestà Kate Bush, vale a dire la ...

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Awakening Orchestra: Atticus Live!

Read "Atticus Live!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sorry. If this is the direction in which big-band jazz is moving, please apply the brakes as quickly and gently as possible so that this listener may exit the train. When it comes to big bands, some members of an older generation cling to standards that must always be upheld. Not swinging is from time to ...

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Miho Hazama: Time River

Read "Time River" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sono anni importanti per il jazz orchestrale. L'emergere di giovani arrangiatori e bandleader iniziato di recente con Jason Lindner, Darcy James Argue, Ryan Truesdell, Kyle Saulnier e altri non s'è fermato, anche grazie al ruolo formativo del New England Conservatory e della Manhattan School of Music. È da lì che vengono alcuni dei nomi ...

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Awakening Orchestra: Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer

Read "Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo debutto di Kyle Saulnier è uno dei lavori orchestrali più ricchi e appassionanti degli ultimi anni, paragonabile per fantasia e freschezza a Infernal Machine, il disco d'esordio di Darcy James Argue. Compositore e polistrumentista, Saulnier è nato nel Connecticut, ha studiato composizione alla Berklee e alla Manhattan School of Music e risiede da ...

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I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek

Read "I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Parliamo ancora di orchestre e arrangiatori [per leggere la prima puntata di questo approfondimento -clicca qui. Tralasciando per il momento di considerare i contributi più innovativi della scena europea (tra cui spiccano la Vienna Art Orchestra e l'Italian Instabile Orchestra) dopo la stagione del Free la ricerca d'avanguardia statunitense non si è fermata. Purtroppo ...


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