What does the evocative work of African American painter Jacob Lawrence have to do with jazz, have to do with the Seattle Symphony, have to do with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band? It’s all about influences.
Jacob Lawrence, a longtime professor at the University of Washington, created a body of work called The Migration Series depicting the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South. Derek Bermel, a noted composer and clarinetist, saw Lawrence’s work and wrote a piece that was hailed by The New York Times as “riveting” and “wondrous.” Now, add the performers, acclaimed Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and the Seattle Symphony, and you have the cornerstone work for this Sonic Evolution.
More influencing: the renowned jazz guitarist and Seattle transplant Bill Frisell takes on a new work by the prolific jazz pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz and Seattle-born vocalist Shaprece closes with new orchestral arrangements of her soulful blend of modern jazz, R&B and electronica.
Pre-concert performance with jazz brass quartet, The Westerlies, begins at 6:45pm in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Featuring a 30-minute set based on the repertoire from Wish the Children Would Come on Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz. Free with Sonic Evolution ticket purchase.
The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and many celebrated recordings.
Drawing from an eclectic palette of musical influences, Shaprece’s latest artistic direction ranges from electronic beats to orchestral arrangement, soulful vocals to ambient soundscapes.
The Roosevelt Jazz Band is the most advanced of four performing jazz ensembles at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School.
Bill Frisell’s performances are generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers.