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Imagine Meeting You Here : large jazz ensemble

by Alister Spence (2016)

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Performance by Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe from the CD Imagine meeting you here

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Work Overview

This work is a suite in five parts. These are 'Imagine Meeting You Here - Imagine,' 'Imagine Meeting You Here - Meeting,' 'Imagine Meeting You Here - You,' 'Imagine Meeting You Here - Here,' 'Imagine Meeting You Here - Postscript.' The suite is composed for an 'improvising orchestra' of musicians who are able to read music, but are also experienced in solo, and group improvisation. 'Imagine Meeting You Here' is deliberately constructed to juxtapose and intermingle interactions between the composed elements of the score and the idiosyncratic and contingent musical improvised music expressions of the orchestra members: an investigation of the continuum between contingency, composition, and improvisation.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones (one doubling shakuhachi), baritone saxophone, 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, electric guitar, piano, double bass, drum kit.

Duration: 49 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Some difficult, rhythmic and contrapuntal passages. Group improvisation and independent musical decision-making required.

Contents note: 1. Imagine -- II. Meeting -- III. You -- IV. Here -- V. Postscript.

Commission note: This work was commissioned by Japanese pianist/composer Satoko Fujii initially for her orchestra, the Satoko Fujii Orchestra, Kobe.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Jazz, Solo and group Improvisation, Genre-hybridity. Related works include Charlie Haden 'Liberation Music Orchestra,' and 'South Wind' by Satoko Fujii Orchestra NY.


Performances of this work

26 Nov 16: GIOFestIX, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland. Featuring Glasgow Improviser's Orchestra.

16 Feb 16: Big Apple Club, Kobe. Featuring Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe.

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