December 4th, 2014
Daniel Barry’s Celestial Rhythm Orchestra was another 2014 Earshot Jazz presentation on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, at the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM.
Renowned for distinctive compositions and arrangements, this fine trumpeter has used much-sought regional grants to create music for a large ensemble of Seattle’s best players that is “fresh and imaginative, and has a hip, tongue-in-cheek sort of style” (Audiophile Audition).
Daniel Barry’s music falls primarily into the jazz category but assembles ideas from Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian and Romanian musical traditions. During the last five years, Barry has conducted performances of his large ensemble compositions in Reykjavik, Iceland; Oslo, Norway; Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Diadema, Sao Paulo, Campinas, and Tatui, Brazil; Lima, Peru; and Denver, Colorado.
With his Celestial Rhythm Orchestra, Daniel presents Ancestors, adapted from the original Of Ancestors, Children & Spirits, performed as part of the 1994 Golden Ear Award-winning Best Concert, the Jim Pepper Tribute Concert. The original concert featured Cecile Maxwell, great-great-grand niece of Chief Sealth, narrating a speech attributed to the chief himself: “In all the earth there is no place dedicated to solitude. At night when the streets of your villages are silent and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled them and still love this beautiful land. The White Man will never be alone.”
Tonight’s version of Ancestors will be purely instrumental, without narration, and will feature Paul Gillespie on tenor saxophone. The piece will be performed alongside the world premiere of the newly commissioned “Lovely Silver Goddess,” featuring Ben Thomas on glockenspiel, and original compositions “The Mighty Urubamba,” “Spirit World,” “Cry Out Loud,” “St. Cecilia’s Day,” “La Folia Lando,” and “The Happy Cemetery.”
The 20-piece orchestra is Daniel Barry (composer/conductor); Steve Treseler, Gordon Brown, Mark Taylor, Paul Gillespie, James DeJoie (saxophones); Steve Mostovoy, Mike Mines, Al Keith, Thomas Marriott (trumpets); Scott Brown, Naomi Siegel, Nathan Vetter, Dave Bentley (trombones); Dennis Rea (guitar); Jovino Santos Neto (piano); Chris Symer (bass); Greg Campbell (drums); Ben Thomas and Chris Monroe (percussion).
“I’m so pleased to offer this concert with such an incredible cast of outstanding Seattle area musicians,” Barry says. “We will present orchestral jazz music composed over a span of twenty years.”