As dramatic proof that the positive transformation being wrought by NYJO is reaping cultural rewards on the bigger stage, the band has been invited by the BBC to feature in this year’s series of Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall – for more details click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2012/august-10/14324
To do justice to this auspicious occasion, renowned jazz composer and musician Tim Garland (left) has been commissioned to write a special piece – Agro Alegria – which will receive its première as the finale of NYJO’s historic concert at the world famous venue on Friday 10th August.
In addition to composing the flamenco-inspired number, Tim will also be the featured guest soloist with NYJO for this jazz Prom, which will be broadcast live on the night on Radio 3.
Tim Garland is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most successful jazz composers and musicians. Much of his writing reflects interests beyond the conventional jazz boundaries and he is increasingly being acknowledged for his large ensemble writing, including orchestral pieces, works for chamber ensembles, choirs, and commissions from jazz ensembles of all kinds.
Voted 2006 Musician Of The Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, Tim first came to international prominence playing saxophone, bass clarinet and flute with Chick Corea. Three years ago Tim won a Grammy for his part in creating The New Crystal Silence, a celebration of Chick Corea’s and Gary Burton’s long and famous musical partnership. Tim also has an ongoing commitment with two award winning ensembles – The Lighthouse Project and Acoustic Triangle.
NYJO will be recording an album featuring Agro Alegria at the end of May, for release this coming autumn. Featuring Tim as guest soloist once again, this recording session will also see world-famous drum maestro Mark Mondesir (right) making his debut anchoring NYJO’s rhythm section on a couple of the tracks.
As a recognised exponent of the particular kind of polyrhythmic sound Tim requires for Agro Alegria, Mark – a founder member of the Jazz Warriors – was the natural choice for this session.
And the fact that such distinguished musicians are keen to compose for – and actually play in – the band is but a further indication of the increasing respect with which the transformed NYJO is being held within the wider jazz community.