Release: Feb. 9, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio — The Kenyon Jazz Ensemble presents its winter concert on Friday, Feb. 19, featuring varied big band selections by Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Thad Jones and more.
The ensemble, under direction of Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, performs at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Road. The concert is free and open to the public. A couple local musicians play with the ensemble.
The concert is notable for its inclusion of three works by women jazz composers: "Rosa Mae" by Mary Lou Williams, "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" by Lil Hardin Armstrong and "Wyrgly" by Maria Schneider.
Jazz historical narratives typically do not give women musicians their due because the field has been male-dominated throughout its history, Buehrer said. “Women performers, composers and arrangers have been important contributors throughout the music's history, and we are pleased to feature examples of this in the concert,” he said.
"Wyrgly" is a particularly intriguing piece, easily the longest and most challenging in the program, Buehrer said. It is programmatic, meaning that it was composed according to a pre-conceived thematic narrative or idea.
In this case, "Wyrgly" portrays the transformation, as Schneider describes it, of a monster "from a mesmerizing vapor to an embodiment characterized by a dramatic display of multiple flailing limbs." The piece begins mysteriously and only gradually reveals a musical depiction of an incarnate monster, before it gradually slinks away into the distance and the piece ends.
For more information, contact Donna Maloney in the Music Department at 740-427-5197 or email@example.com.