TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, ROYAL ROOM, 7:30PM
$14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students
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B’shnorkestra is trumpeter Samantha Boshnack’s 14-piece ensemble of strings, horns and drums. Now a one-year-old amalgam of regional performers, the group is Joshua Kohl conducting Boshnack and violinists Alex Guy and Alina To, violist Brianna Atwell, cellists Daniel Mullikin and Maria Scherer Wilson, bassists Tim Carey and Isaac Castillo, woodwind players Chris Credit and Tobi Stone, French horn player Greg Campbell and percussionists Lalo Bello and Adam Kozie.
Boshnack attended Bard College, where she studied jazz performance and composition. A move from New York to Seattle in 2003 prompted lasting music collaborations. Of this project, the composer writes, “New musical connections and friendships have been forged. It felt wonderful to be the catalyst of that and have such accomplished musicians playing my music, really getting into it, and working together so well.”
Boshnack garnered financial support for this large project from multiple granting organizations and raised funds through Kickstarter to record eight compositions at Bear Creek Studio. That recording will be released in 2013, and this festival performance includes music from the recording, plus the premier of a new work.
Solo saxophonist Neil Welch begins the night with a 35-minute acoustic set. He lists sounds that he’ll likely explore – cluster, mute, smear, rangy, scream, coo, prattle, blast. “Solo music demands focus in equal measure from the performer and listener,” Welch writes. “I lean on my individual mood and sense of space during a performance … I just try to give you myself.”