Bad Luck / Andy Clausen's Wishbone Ensemble
Earshot's Jazz: The Second Century series continues into its fifth season, and this year presents eight outstanding groups over four evenings during the month of July. The participants were selected by a blind panel composed of Seattle musicians, music curators, and scribes. As in past years, the goal of the series is to present performances of music that simultaneously question and expand the conventional boundaries and parameters of the jazz form. The descriptions of the bands to follow are as much in their own words as possible. The curious and inquisitive will have to attend these live performances to see how the artists deliver on the concepts below. Their selection for the series signifies the listening panel's faith in their ability to do so.
July 7: Bad Luck / Andy Clausen's Wishbone Ensemble
Over half a decade after their first performance, drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch continue to develop a unique musical voice together as the duo Bad Luck.
Bad Luck: Melody and form are vital in Bad Luck, but the electronic effects and loops often take a compositional lead. One series of loops or textures may guide towards a sonic territory, becoming fuel for new emotion in the music. Sensitivity to texture, structure, and intentional control of our sound are guiding principles of this music ... As a band, Bad Luck aims to be an etching in music of a new Seattle jazz culture. This culture embraces technology, takes influence from all musical styles and sculpts it into a band.
Andy Clausen's Wishbone Ensemble usually features Clausen on trombone with Ivan Arteaga on clarinet, Aaron Otheim on accordion, Gus Carnes on piano, and Chris Icasiano on drums.
Clausen: This ensemble was originally formed to recreate the feelings I experienced in a romantic fling in the second grade. The Wishbone Suite is a concert length work featuring colorful instrumentation, and displaying an equally colorful compositional palette evocative of similar romantic moods as in the music Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzola, the manifest destiny/frontier spirit most famously captured by Aaron Copland's music, all juxtaposed with the often frantic, yet strangely beautiful Ellingtonian sounds of city life. The repertoire of the ensemble has since grown to include several other pieces, each representative of an experience or feeling I've had. Its core mission stays the same: to induce feelings of each listener's unique experiences.
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98103
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