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Jazz Composition and Arranging explores the theory, technique, and practice of composing and arranging for the jazz ensemble. Students will explore several ways to create musical scores and instrumental parts for ensembles of all sizes from trio to big band. The class will cover harmony, instrumentation, arranging formats, and the creation of effective rhythm section parts. The instructors will demonstrate different arranging techniques and present both recorded and written musical examples. Students will be required to create their own arrangement and instrumental parts, which will be performed at the conclusion of the workshop.
Who should enroll?
Students, ages 15+, already possessing a solid foundation on their instrument and experience playing in a jazz big band or orchestra at their high school and who can already notate music. Prior experience using music notation software such as Finale, Sibelius or similar programs, would be helpful, but is not required.
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.
Enrollment to students, ages 15+, who already posses a basic facility for composition and can notate music for acoustic instruments.
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Wayne Horvitz—composer, pianist and improviser—has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Philip Wilson, Michael Shrieve, Bobby Previte, Marty Ehrlich, Skerik, William Parker, Ron Miles, Sara Schoenbeck, Peggy Lee, Steven Bernstein, and Briggan Krauss among others. Collaborators have included Paul Taylor, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Gus Van Sandt and Gordon Edelstein. Horvitz has produced CD recordings for Eddie Palmieri, Fontella Bass, Robin Holcomb and Bill Frisell among others. His ensembles have included The President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, The HMP Trio, The New York Composers Orchestra, The 4 Plus 1 Ensemble, Sweeter Than the Day, The Gravitas Quartet, and The Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO). Horvitz has received numerous commissions including the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, Kronos String Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Mary Flagler Cary Trust. Horvitz is the 2001 recipient of the Seattle Artist Trust Fellowship, 2003 and 2006 recipient of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture fellowship, 2002 recipient of the Rockefeller Map Grant for Joe Hill, 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra, Voices and Improviser, and a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces grant for These Hills of Glory for string quartet and improviser.