March 14, 2017
Composers Michael Abene, Miho Hazama, Darcy James Argue and Anna Webber discuss composition and creative process
Free and open to the public
On March 14, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians and The Council for Living Music, in partnership with the New School for Jazz, will hold the ninth installment of JAZZ MENTORS, a series of interactive panel discussions designed to connect up-and-coming musicians with some of New York City’s premier jazz artists to discuss the business components of developing a career in music. Esteemed composers Michael Abene, Miho Hazama, Darcy James Argue and Anna Webber, will discuss being “inside the composer’s head,” discussing their careers and composition in jazz. Hosted by the New School for Jazz, this panel will guide young and emerging musicians through an open discussion that explores what it means to be a jazz composer today and how young composers and improvisers can expand and develop their unique language and technique to create and realize their music. The discussion will be moderated by premiere bassist and composer, Rufus Reid.
Mr. Abene, Ms. Hazama, Mr. Argue and Ms. Webber will draw upon their own career experiences while sharing advice, insight and guidance with emerging musicians about composition and the career development components of the music business, thereby addressing an often neglected aspect of musicians’ training. The informal setting allows for a free flowing exchange between the audience and artists, encouraging full audience participation and interaction.
When: March 14, 2017 at 5:30p.m.
Where: The New School for Jazz, Glass Box Theater, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY
- Pianist, composer and arranger Michael Abene is now a known composer and arranger, serving as the Chefdirigent of the highly acclaimed WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany from 2004-2014. His arrangements are played worldwide by big bands and orchestras, as well as some of the world’s most important musicians, including Randy Brecker, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Patti Austin, Mike Stern, Gary Burton, Dave Liebman, saxophonist Bill Evans, Kurt Elling, Eddie Daniels, and Tom Harrell. Mr. Abene currently holds the Chair for Jazz Ensemble Conductor at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz Austria.
- Brooklyn-based composer Darcy James Argue‘s unique compositional style has transformed and reimagined what a 21st-century big band plays and sounds like. Mr. Argue has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society, with whom he has garnered countless awards and nominations.
- Tokyo-born composer Miho Hazama has quickly established herself as one of New York ‘s most astounding young musical talents. While working with her thirteen piece chamber orchestra, m_unit, and prominent artists including Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris and Gil Goldstein, Ms. Hazama has received many prizes and awards, including the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize. She currently services as the Associate Artistic Director of the New York Jazzharmonic, and organizes the Jazz Composers Showcase at the Jazz Gallery in NYC.
- Anna Webber is a Brooklyn-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live in the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. Her Simple Trio, which has released to acclaimed albums Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014), features drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell. Ms. Webber’s other projects include her septet Percussive Mechanics, Jagged Spheres with Devin Gray and Elias Stemeseder, and The Hero of Warchester with Nathaniel Morgan and Liz Kosack. She has performed and/or recorded with bands led by Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Matt Mitchell, Ohad Talmor, John Hollenbeck, Ches Smith, Hank Roberts, Harris Eisenstadt, Adam Hopkins, and Erik Hove. In 2015 she was the recipient of a grant from the Shifting Foundation, and 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop.
- Composer and bassist Rufus Reed is widely considered one of the premiere bassists, band leaders and composers on the international jazz scene. Mr. Reid, a multiple GRAMMY award nominee, has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious jazz musicians, including Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris, Art Farmer among many others, and is the leader of multiple groups, including the “Hues of a Different Blue” sextet, the “Out Front” trio and “Quiet Pride ~ The Elizabeth Catlett Project” and the Kennedy Center Quintet. In addition to his formidable performance career, Mr. Reid has established himself as a pre-eminent educator, emphasizing the encouragement of young and emerging jazz artists around the country.