March 28th Reflections
I continue to be blown away by all the incredible musicians in the ensemble. Our concert at Manhattan School on March 28th was another tremendous success. I am so honored to have such talented people bring my music to life. A big thank you to Justin Gray, Heather Segger, and Jihye Kim who came in from out of town to perform with the band! I also would like to thank everyone who lent us equipment for the show. Your support is much appreciated!
Videos will be up soon so be sure to check back. Also be sure to mark our upcoming performance at the Garage on April 13th in your calendars. This will most likely be our last performance before we go in to the studio at the end of May.
March 28 Concert on Facebook
For those of you who wish to join the facebook event for our concert on March 28th at Manhattan School of Music, here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106179139405048&ref=mf
Young composer scraps jazz conventions, writes herself an opera!
I do not normally promote other musicians shows but I decided to make an exception in this case. If you have not heard Caitlin Smith’s Tiny Alligator Large Band it should rise right to the top of your to do list. Hearing band’s like the Alligator’s is what inspired me to become a composer. Caitlin’s band will be performing in Toronto on April 15th 2010 at the Music Gallery. Here is the press release:
Toronto, March 8, 2010 – Having lured two jazz vocalists, an operatic soprano, many instrumentalists and one unsuspecting writer into her quirky musical world, composer and conductor Caitlin Smith brings her new version of the Tiny Alligator Large Band to the Music Gallery on April 15th.
The show will premiere Smith’s new operatic song cycle for big band, “And All of Your Animal Tendencies.” It will feature her setting of a short story by Toronto writer Sheila Heti, from Heti’s 2001 collection The Middle Stories. Heti was cajoled into being part of the project through an online social-media campaign this winter, which can be found at tinyalligator.tumblr.com.
Smith recently returned from a stint in New York, where she studied composition with Jim McNeely and conducting with Gary Fagin and Alan Pierson on a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Being young, broke and lonely in Brooklyn inspired this new work, which also features lyrics written by Smith. “They’re selfish songs,” she admits, “written mostly to console myself.”
For this concert, Tiny Alligator Large band will feature an unprecedented number of singers: Jennifer Ryan, Kristin Mueller-Heaslip and Alex Samaras. They will be joined by sixteen other musicians, including Kevin Turcotte on trumpet, William Carn on trombone and Michele Jacot on winds.
Opening for Tiny Alligator will be Ronley Teper and Her Lipliners. BlogTO proclaims that “if Joanna Newsom gave birth to Tom Waits’ illegitimate daughter and then refused to breastfeed her, the girl might grow up sounding a lot like Toronto’s Ronley Teper.” She can be found at ronleyteper.com.
Just the details:
Tiny Alligator Large Band,
and All of Your Animal Tendencies
at the Music Gallery in Toronto
Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 8 pm$25/$10
For more information, please contact:
647 880 8630
Rex Performance On YouTube!
I am very excited to announce that clips from our performance at the Rex on March 10th 2010 are now available on YouTube! This was a very special concert as half the band was made up of New York musicians and the other half Toronto Musicians. I can’t say enough good things about the band. They sounded absolutely fantastic. Click here to watch YouTube clips of the performance!
Getting ready for Danjam Orch rehearsal. We will attempt a Facebook live broadcast somewhere from ~11:30am- 3pm. Stay tuned!
- The state-of-the-art in big bands… Toronto Star