#3741: Big Works for Big Bands

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Maria Schneider

Hear big bands that aren’t just jazz but draw from chamber music, science-fiction, ambient music, and the wonders of nature on this New Sounds show. There’s music from Maria Schneider and her most recent venture, “The Thompson Fields,” a musical description of the open prairie landscape of her native southwest Minnesota. Hear the title track, played by the Maria Schneider Orchestra, which gives voice to the land and the wind, bean fields and generations of family and friends on that land, observed from atop the Thompson farm’s silo. 

Then there’s music from composer and vibraphonist Chris Dingman - his new ambitious five-part suite, “The Subliminal and the Sublime.” Reminiscent of Brian Eno, yet commissioned by Chamber Music America, the work addresses the close-range, overwhelming power of nature.  It was inspired by Dingman’s travels in the wilderness of the American West – including California’s Pinnacles National Park and  Nevada’s deserts, along with a wide range of other influences including Hindustani classical music, West African griot music, Steve Reich, and Debussy. Listen for Tibetan singing bowls, tympani, voices, bowed vibes, all performed by a sextet which sounds much larger than it is.

NOTE: Chris Dingman performs “The Subliminal and the Sublime” in the Greene Space next week.

Also, listen to music from Seattle-based 12-piece ensemble Zubatto Syndicate under the direction of composer and guitarist Andrew Boscardin. They’ve tackled everything from Metallica to Beyoncé, and even thrown in some sci-fi elements in their proggy, energetic jazz-rock. Plus, a short piece from the German-based experimental 18-piece “Bigband” led by the electric guitarist, singer, and composer, Monika Roscher, who sometimes incorporates more exciting, innovative possibilities that might have come from techno or punk, and more. 

PROGRAM #3741– Big Works for Big Bands (First aired on 06/18/2015)             





David Bowie & Maria Schneider Orchestra

Nothing Has Changed

(the Best Of David Bowie) - 3cd


Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime), excerpt [1:30]

Released for Record Store Day, 2014
10" Vinyl available at Amazon.co.uk  
Available for download at iTunes
or as part of box set, at Amazon.com 

Chris Dingman

The Subliminal and the Sublime

The Pinnacles [19:50]

Inner Arts Initiative

Maria Schneider Orchestra, ft. Frank Kimbrough, piano & Lage Lund, guitar

The Thompson Fields

The Thompson Fields [10:00]

ArtistShare ASO137

Monika Roscher Bigband

Failure in Wonderland

Nacht [3:38]

Enja Records #ENJ 9585

Zubatto Syndicate

Zubatto Syndicate 2

Gort’s Big Day [7:00]

music.zubattosyndicate.com or via iTunes or Amazon.com

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Eternal Interlude

The Cloud, excerpt [7:58]

Sunnyside 1220