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Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

Program Features World Premiere of New Work by Seattle Composer Wayne Horvitz

Also Includes Derek Bermel’s Migration Series Inspired by Jacob Lawrence Paintings

Shaprece to Perform with Symphony During Second Half of Concert

Seattle, WA--Seattle Symphony’s cross-genre Sonic Evolution concert series will expand into two concerts this season. The first, titled "Under the Influence," will be conducted by Music Director Ludovic Morlot and co-presented with the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 29. Now in its fifth year, Sonic Evolution serves as a bridge for the Symphony to engage with Seattle’s creative community through innovative concert programs that celebrate the past, present and future of the city’s musical legacy.

The October 29 performance features composer Derek Bermel'sMigration Series for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra, inspired by painter and University of Washington art professor Jacob Lawrence's paintings titled The Migration Series. The piece, hailed by The New York Times as “riveting “ and “wondrous,” depicts the plight of African Americans from the rural south to the urban north in the early 20th century. Joining the orchestra for this work is the award-winning Roosevelt High School Jazz Band. Additionally, Seattle-based guitarist Bill Frisell and the Orchestra will give the world premiere of local composer Wayne Horvitz's Those Who Remain, a work inspired by poems from Seattle poet Richard Hugo. Seattle vocalist Shaprececloses the program with new orchestral arrangements (arranged by Phillip A. Peterson) of her music, a soulful blend of modern jazz, R&B and electronica.

Concert tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747, or in person at the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Tickets may also be purchased through the Seattle Symphony's new iPhone and Android apps by searching “Seattle Symphony” or “Listen Boldly” at Apple's App Store or Android's App Store.





Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.


Ludovic Morlot, conductor

Derek Bermel, clarinet

Bill Frisell, guitar

Shaprece, vocals

IG88, live production

Phillip Peterson, cello

Samuel Anderson, cello

Victoria Parker, violin

Kimo Muraki, backing vocals

Roosevelt High School Jazz Band

Seattle Symphony 


DEREK BERMEL                                  Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra                     


                                                                        Interlude I—

                                                                        After a Lynching

                                                                        Interlude II—                                                  

                                                                        A Rumor—                                                     

                                                                        Riots and Moon's Shine

                                                                        Interlude III—                                                 

                                                                        Still Arriving                                                      

                                                                        ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND


WAYNE HORVITZ                               Those Who Remain (World Premiere)                                           

                                                                        Three Stops to Ten Sleep                                           

                                                                        The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs        

                                                                        BILL FRISELL, GUITAR


SHAPRECE                                           “Dropping Feathers”                                                          

/Arr. Phillip A. Peterson                  “How Are You”



                                                            “Wake Up Melting Snow”                          

“Two Into Wilting”                                                  

“Send Down Your Love”                                                                 

                                                            “Carry You Into Us”                         

                                                            SHAPRECE, VOCALS

                                                            IG88, LIVE PRODUCTION

                                                            PHILLIP PETERSON, CELLO

                                                            SAMUEL ANDERSON, CELLO

                                                            VICTORIA PARKER, VIOLIN

                                                            KIMO MURAKI, BACKING VOCALS


Pre-Concert performance in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby with the Westerlies at 6:45 p.m.

Post-Concert performance in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby with Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell’s performance is generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.




Audience engagement supported by The Wallace Foundation

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel (b. 1967) has forged a distinctive voice out of his wide-ranging musical interests. He supplemented his formal training at Yale and the University of Michigan with voyages of musical discovery to Israel, Bulgaria, Ireland, Ghana and Brazil, and his list of “compositional heroes” includes Charlie Parker, Stevie Wonder, and the rappers Rakim and Mos Def.

The Roosevelt Jazz Band is the most advanced of four performing jazz ensembles at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. Steeped in the great swing traditions of the Basie and Ellington bands, but with an ever-expanding repertoire of modern big band literature the Roosevelt Jazz Band performs under the direction of Golden Apple winner Scott Brown. They appear frequently at concerts and competitions in Seattle and the Pacific NW, but their reputation extends beyond the local music scene. They have participated as an Essentially Ellington finalist at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in 15 of the last 16 years, winning the top prize three times. They tour and perform outside of the United States every other summer, most recently at Montreux, Vienne and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

The comprehensive music program at Roosevelt also includes three bands, three orchestras, choir, class piano and musical theater. Roosevelt is a diverse, comprehensive, four-year public high school of over 1,700 students in Seattle, Washington. Under the leadership of principal, Brian Vance, Roosevelt recently received a “silver” rating from Newsweek Magazine for academic excellence, and is currently ranked in the top ten of all Washington State high schools. The school is nationally renowned for its music and drama programs. Many graduates of the Roosevelt Jazz Band go on to pursue careers in music and music education.

Wayne  Horvitz  is  a  composer,  pianist  and  electronic musician  who  has performed  extensively  throughout  Europe,  Asia,  Australia,  and  North America. He is the leader of the Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The Four plus One Ensemble and co-founder of the New York Composers Orchestra. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, George Lewis, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester,Michael  Shrieve  and  Carla  Bley,  among  others.  Commissioners include  the  NEA,  Meet  the  Composer,  Kronos  String  Quartet,  Seattle Chamber  Players,  BAM and  Earshot  Jazz.  Collaborators include Paul Taylor, Liz Lerman, Bill Irwin and Gus Van Sant. He has been the recipient of numerous  awards  including  two  MAP  grants  and  the  NEA  American Masterpiece  award.  Recent  compositions  include  The Heartsong  of Charging  Elk  based  on  the  novel  by  James  Welch  and 55:  Music  and Dance in Concrete: a site-specific collaboration with dancer Yukio Suzuki and  video  artist  Yohei  Saito.  He is the music programmer for The Royal Room, a performance venue in Seattle, Washington, and a professor of composition at the Cornish College of the Arts.

Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and many celebrated recordings. Always on the lookout for opportunities to “dig around for where I’m coming from”, Frisell’s latest recording, Guitar in the Space Age, for OKeh/Sony, is an homage to the inspirational popular music of his formative years made in the wake of “the birth of the Fender Telecaster guitar” - (1951, the same year of Mr. Frisell’s own birth) - that, he recalls, “got me super fired-up” about his instrument of choice.  “Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concept into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music...” – The New York Times.  Frisell’s catalogue has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade,” including his celebrated Nonesuch catalogue and recent albums on Sony and Savoy - Big Sur, Sign of Life, Beautiful Dreamers and All We Are Saying, a collection of John Lennon interpretations. Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012. He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists and Meet the Composer, among others. He recently finished appointments as the Guest Curator for the Roots of Americana series at Jazz at Lincoln Center and as Resident Artistic Director at San Francisco Jazz.

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. Blending digitally altered tones with sultry and smoky vocals, she has aspired to create a category to call her own. Throughout the creative process, she’s gathered inspiration from the likes of Bjork, Sade and Erykah Badu, among others, forming a pleasant fusion of dreamy melodies and atmospheric sounds.

Earshot Jazz is a Seattle-based nonprofit music, arts, and service organization formed in 1984 to support jazz in the community. Earshot Jazz presents creative music, publishes a monthly magazine, produces educational programs, assists jazz artists, and networks with the national and international jazz community.

The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season, including John Luther Adams' recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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