Circles in life : for jazz orchestra
by Nadia Burgess (2012)
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Performance by Divergence Jazz Orchestra, Jenna Cave from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 35.
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Circles in Life is about birth, life and death; one
generation dying out and a new one carrying on; daily routines
and rituals; travelling to and from the same places; re-visiting
places and so on.
Much inspiration for this composition has come from The First Circle (1984) by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays which begins with the handclapping of rhythmic patterns like in Part 1 of Tehillim (1981) by minimalist composer Steve Reich. In The First Circle Metheny and Mays maintain and develop the rhythmic patterns throughout the piece. Circles in Life is based on the opening 12/8 guitar rhythmic pattern from The First Circle and several sub-divisions thereof.
In Circles in Life the fusion of contemporary art music, jazz, traditional African music and natural sounds from Africa is forged into a classical structure, Sonata form. There is an introduction, an Exposition with two subjects or themes, a Development section which consists of improvised solos based on the cyclic chord progressions from the two themes, a Recapitulation and a Coda.
Compositional techniques used to portray circular effects are ostinato patterns, major chords becoming minor and vice versa, straight quavers being swung, ascending and descending lines, undulating and oscillating effects, and so on.
Instrumentation: 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass trombone, guitar, piano, double bass, drums. Includes alto, tenor and guitar solos.
Duration: 9 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
First performance: by Divergence Jazz Orchestra, Jenna Cave at Sydney Conservatorium of Music Presents: Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey (Seymour Centre) on 25 Jul 2013
Performances of this work
25 Jul 2013: at Sydney Conservatorium of Music Presents: Divergence Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey (Seymour Centre). Featuring Divergence Jazz Orchestra, Jenna Cave.
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