Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos interprets music by the North-American drummer and composer John Hollenbeck under his direction and with the singer Theo Blekmann as guest soloist.
John Hollenbeck is a talented North-American drum player, chief of orchestra and composer, living in New York, where he was born, and has been one of the most original and productive composers in several instrumental contexts, so much in the field of jazz and contemporary improvised music as in other compositional domains closer to classical music. His versatility both as a percussionist and as a composer already reveals a work of considerable breadth and meaning, that, on the instrumental level, has taken him to collaborate with, among others, the pianist Fred Hersch or the saxophone player Tony Malaby, beside being part of the New Art Orchestra, of Bob Brookmeyer.
This project will present two albums by John Hollenbeck with pieces for big orchestra: “A Blessing” with the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble; and “Joys & Desires” with the Jazz Bibgand Graz (Austria). The exceptional voice of Theo Bleckmann is part of the formation and is treated as an additional instrument for the unusual width of its tessitura, either used in the poetic narration or in the more traditional chant.
The 16th edition of Jazz no Parque 2007, organised by the Serralves Foundation, launches the original project between Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos and the composer and drum player John Hollenbeck with the participation of Theo Beckmann (voice).
Convidados: John Hollenbeck (composição, direção musical, bateria), Theo Bleckmann (voz)
Direção Musical: John Hollenbeck
Música: John Hollenbeck
Madeiras: José Luís Rego, João Guimarães, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira
Trompete: Claude Egea, Rogério Ribeiro, Susana Santos Silva , José Silva
Trombone: Damien Verherve, Paulo Perfeito, Daniel Dias, Gonçalo Dias
Secção Rítmica: André Fernandes (guitarra), Pedro Guedes (piano), Carlos Azevedo (fender rhodes), Demian Cabaud (contrabaixo), John Hollenbeck (bateria)