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ACO Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute | at UCLA


August 8, 2015 – August 12, 2015
12:00 AM

UCLA School of Music
2539 Schoenberg Music Bldg
Los Angeles,

We’re Ensemble in Residence for American Composers Orchestra’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, which brings together jazz composers at various stages in their careers chosen from a national pool of applicants, to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra. Composers working in jazz, improvised, and creative music will be selected based on their excellent musicianship, originality, and potential for future growth in orchestral composition.

JCOI is a new development in the jazz field. While many jazz composers seek to write for the symphony orchestra, opportunities for hands-on experience are few. JCOI aims to provide new resources for both jazz and classical music, promoting the emergence of composers trained in both jazz and new orchestral techniques. Participants in JCOI will study with leading composers, conductors and performers in a curriculum designed and led by James Newton (JCOI Director; University of California, Los Angeles), Derek Bermel (Artistic Director, ACO), Anthony Davis (University of California, San Diego), Gabriela Lena Frank (composer in residence, Houston Symphony), Anthony Cheung (composer), Vince Mendoza(composer/arranger), Nicole Mitchell (composer/flutist), Steve Coleman (saxophonist/composer/MacArthur Fellow), and Christopher Rountree (conductor). Wild Up is ensemble-in-residence.

The whole band gives workshops, we make some noises, a concert, and a bunch of new friends.

Here’s the program:

8pm August 12th — UCLA Herb Alpert School

James Newton: Elisha’s Gift

Gabriela Lena Frank: Journey of the Shadow

Anthony Cheung: Time’s Vestiges

Steve Coleman: 1) Tempest 2) Synovial Joints Movements I & IV

Chris Kallmyer: new work for wild Up

Vince Mendoza: String Quintet #1 MM1

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