|ROCKET SURGERY! (June 2008)
The BBEBB plans to perform a few shows this summer. We have some new faces in the group and new music to perform too. Visit the Members page to check out the group. The first show is set for Saturday, June 21st at 7:00 PM in the David Friend Recital Hall as part of the Brass and Saxophone Weekend event at Berklee College of Music.
The BBEBB will also perform a few more shows throughout the summer. Be sure to check back here or visit our myspace to receive news about the BBEBB.
BIG BANG! (July 2007)
BIG thanks to everyone who came out to the maiden voyage of the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band. The band performed a killer set of new music written by John Sauer, Gordon Au, Anna Hoffman, Manuel Kaufman, Winnie Dahlgren and Fraser Campbell. We also got a chance to test drive Mvt. 2 of my Suite Piece.
Extra BIG Thanks goes out to the performers who were put to task playing some difficult and nuanced music. We had an excellent postive vibe happening, which made for an excellent evening. We also got the chance to hear some killing solos by Melissa Aldana, Gordon Au, Fraser Campbell, Rita Martins, Nick Noonan, Nadav Remez, John Sauer and Andrew Toombs. Click here to see a list of the BBEBB members.
Extra, Extra BIG HUGE Thanks goes out to Gail McArthur-Browne who stepped in as our baritone saxophonist. She was not mentioned in the program (my most sincere apologies). Also, trombonist Yas Fumaki was left off of the program.
The band has one more session in early August to support the Jazz Composition Department at Berklee and then we will be off for the remainder of the month.
Our hope is to find a location to hold our weekly open rehearsal sessions and start them in September. If you have any information that could help us secure a live performance space, please email me.
|A NEW DIRECTION (June 2007) - Following the Fenway Brass Art Orchestra concert held on June 26th, a group of musicians in the band decided to strike out on their own with a new vision for a jazz orchestra collective. We reached a consensus for developing a unique group that caters to performing high quality original compositions from talented composer/performers who seek to improve their craft in a fertile and supportive environment. We decided that the new music will be created, tested and performed through regular rehearsals and concerts that will be open to the public.
The first performance of this collective will take place on July 25th at 7:00 PM in the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music.
Going forward, the group is seeking to find a location to conduct its weekly meetings (open rehearsals) as well as scheduling concerts to premiere new works.
We will also document the work of this collective through recordings, podcasts and video. The group also looks to provide a positive impact on the music education community by conducting clinics and masterclasses.
There is no limit to what this collective can achieve.
Thank you for your support.