Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music | House Program

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About the Program

This three-week program brings together emerging artists from around the world to work and study with Co-Artistic Directors Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey, as well as internationally acclaimed guest mentors. The goal is to learn, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform — to reimagine the state of the art. This program is one of the most intensive that Banff Centre offers, and continues our 40-year history of incredible jazz exploration.

Concerts

Creative Music Cabarets
Thursday, August 8
Friday, August 9
Tuesday, August 13
Wednesday, August 14
Thursday, August 15
Friday, August 16
Tuesday, August 20
Wednesday, August 21

Jazz and Creative Music Ensemble Showcase
Saturday August 10
This concert is dedicated in memory of Denis Jackson

Saturday August 17

Friday August 23
This concert is dedicated in loving memory of Bruce McKinnon (1974–2007), a truly inspirational person, who attended Banff Centre in 2001 and 2002 as a participant in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and pursued his passions for jazz and education as a pianist-composer teacher in New York City. The Bruce McKinnon Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2007 to support special, innovative opportunities for Jazz program participants.

Tyshawn Sorey’s Autoschediasms for Creative Orchestra

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Message from Artistic Director

Welcome

The International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music continues an ongoing tradition of immersive music-making at the Banff Centre. In the more than four decades since its founding by Oscar Peterson, this program has convened musicians from around the world to study, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform: to reimagine the state of the art. Our goal is to help emerging musicians become composer-performers of consequence in the world, with an emphasis on creativity, community, and collaboration.

Why "Jazz and Creative Music"? The music called "jazz" resulted from the innovations of African American artists in American cities in the twentieth century. While this music has been adopted around the world, its origins in Black culture determined the original “how” and “why” of it: the importance of rhythm, interaction, listening, and spontaneous expression, but also an awareness of the oppressive circumstances, the lived experience of anti-Black racism, against which its originators sought to pursue such radical creativity. (In our troubled times of increasing white supremacist violence, we have all the more to learn from this history of courageous, defiant collective expression.)

The contrasting term "creative music" has been in common use among its practitioners for more than half a century. First introduced by African American musicians in the 1960s to resist the commodifying, reductive effects of "the j-word," the name creative music highlights the role of the creative process in the moment of performance, and asserts a mobility across genres and systems. In our program title we hold these two terms next to each other; together they tell a hundred-year-long story.

Having said all that, we assure you that this music is for everyone. There is nothing special you need to know to find something in our music-making that calls to you. Some sounds you hear may feel familiar, and others might seem wildly speculative; but everything we offer is made with commitment, care, and sensitivity.

This is my seventh year as Artistic Director of our workshop, and my second with the brilliant Tyshawn Sorey as Co-Artistic Director. We have a new stellar team of visiting faculty artists each week, spanning generations, communities, and continents. Our participants continue to represent a similar diversity of cultural, musical, and aesthetic backgrounds. All of these individuals have in common a passion for their work, a commitment to excellence, and the ability to communicate and inspire.

The highlights of the program are the opportunities to share our music with audiences like you. Thank you for joining us for these evenings of musical creativity and discovery.

Enjoy our 2019 season!

Vijay Iyer

Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Harvard University

 

 

TD Bank Group is the generous lead supporter of the

Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music.

 

 

 

Biographies

Credits

Faculty - Week 1

Piano, CompositionVijay Iyer
Drums, Piano, Trombone, CompositionTyshawn Sorey
Bass | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial Endowment - Master Artist/FellowMimi Jones
Saxophone, Sound Art, CompositionMatana Roberts
Trumpet, Santur, Voice, CompositionAmir ElSaffar
Voice, CompositionCarmen Lundy
Electronics, Production, Lyrics, Composition | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial Endowment - Master Artist/FellowHPrizm

Faculty - Week 2

Piano, CompositionVijay Iyer
Drums, Piano, Trombone, CompositionTyshawn Sorey
Voice, CompositionFay Victor
Trumpet, CompositionIngrid Jensen
Recording Engineer & ProducerJim Anderson
Guitar, Audio ProductionLiberty Ellman
Saxophone, Percussion, CompositionYosvanny Terry
Bass, Percussion, Composition | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial Endowment - Master Artist/FellowYunior Terry

Faculty - Week 3

Piano, CompositionVijay Iyer
Drums, Piano, Trombone, CompositionTyshawn Sorey
Voice, Guitar, Composition | Bruce McKinnon Memorial Endowment - Master Artist/FellowCamila Meza
Guitar, CompositionJeff Parker
Bass, CompositionLinda May Han Oh
Cello, CompositionOkkyung Lee
Trumpet, Composition | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial Endowment - Master Artist/FellowSteph Richards
Saxophone, CompositionSteve Lehman
Recording, Editing, Mixing & Scoring Engineer / Music ProducerTodd Whitelock

Participants

Drums | With the assistance of the Denis Jackson Memorial ScholarshipKyrie Anderson
Drums | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzTimothy Angulo
Bass | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzDiana Arias
GuitarPatrick Arthur
Accordion | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzSimone Baron
Piano | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzSonya Belaya
Guitar | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial EndowmentEdward Bond
Trumpet | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzAudrey Boyle
Bass Clarinet | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzFederico Calcagno
Trumpet | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzDaniel Cano-Amaro
Trumpet | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzWalter Cano
Saxophone | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzFlora Carbo
Percussion | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzSofia Carbonara
DrumsBecket Cerny
Saxophone | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzEddie Codrington
Trumpet | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzNiran Dasika
Trumpet | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial EndowmentNicole Davis
BassDaniel Durst
Vibraphone | With the assistance of the Denis Jackson Memorial ScholarshipEthan Fisher
Guitar | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzMatthew Forker
Trombone | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzGabriel Fraivillig
Voice | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzTyné Freeman
Guitar | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzTomasso Gambini
Piano | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzJacob Hiser
Voice | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzTammy Huynh
Flute | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzMaxx Katz
KeyboardMaya Keren
Bass | With the assistance of the Denis Jackson Memorial ScholarshipSummer Kodama
TrumpetHector Lena-Schroll
Piano | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzAlexander Mansour
Voice | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial EndowmentNaledi Masilo
Bass | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzLiany Mateo
Saxophone | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzNaomi McCarroll-Butler
Drums | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzChristian McGhee
Drums | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzLesley Mok
Saxophone | With the assistance of the Raul Urtasun - Frances Harley Scholarship for Artists from ArgentinaCamila Nebbia
Tenor Saxophone | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzJulian Otis
Piano | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzHyuna Park
Piano | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzAnthony Pearlman
Drums | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial EndowmentFrancesca Remigi
Vocal | With the assistance of the Bruce McKinnon Memorial EndowmentSelma Savolainen
Piano | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzSecches
Saxophone | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzEvan Shay
Bass | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzHelen Svoboda
Guitar | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzJoel Untinen
GuitarEvan Vietorisz
GuitarJung Ahn Yoo
Bass | With the assistance of the TD Canada Trust Music Fellowships in JazzUmar Zakaria

Production

Managing Director, ProductionKevin Tanner
Production ManagerGina Bennett
Technical ManagerPeter Eaton
Stage Management & Production Tambry Bernath
Assistant Production ManagerStuart Bremner
Music Stage Management and Production Assistant | With the assistance of the Laszlo L. Funtek EndowmentRose Jenkins
Stage Management & Production AssistantNurdjana de Rijcke
Production CoordinatorMeghan Borthwick
Production Administrative AssistantKelsey Sewell
Production TechnicianRaffi Tchalikian
Production TechnicianKatie German
Music and Sound Technician | Media and ProductionHenry Ng

Program Management

Managing Director | Performing ArtsNathan Medd
Program Manager | Performing ArtsKate Newby
Program Coordinator | Program OperationsDiana Hiebert
Program Assistant | Program OperationsIsaac Earl

Lighting

Head of LightingMatt Flawn
Assistant Head of LightingDarrell Shaw
Lighting TechnicianSkyler Diotte
Lighting TechnicianStuart Williamson
Lighting Technician* | With the assistance of the Canadian Pacific Hotels EndowmentAlexandra Carruthers
Lighting Technician* | With the assistance of the Banff Centre Artists AwardsShireen Norouzi
Lighting Technician* | With the assistance of the Jeannie McWhinnie Endowment FundEvan Williams

Piano

Head Piano TechnicianAlbert Picknell
Assistant Piano TechnicianRobert Haist

Projection

Head of Projection TechnologyCorwin Ferguson
Projection Technologist* | With the assistance of the Asper EndowmentRamona Caprariu
Projection Technologist* | With the assistance of the Ontario Artists FundJenny Erb

Sound

Head of SoundLyle Fish
Assistant Head of SoundCharles Culver
Sound TechnicianSamantha Hindle
Sound TechnicianAlex Nieva
Sound TechnicianAndrew Philpott
Sound TechnicianCorey Wiles
Sound Technician* | With the assistance of the Banff Centre Artists' AwardsBranden Boyd
Sound Technician* | With the assistance of the Ian S. Lee Memorial EndowmentJason Leal
Sound Technician* | With the assistance of the IBM Theatre Crafts EndowmentJohnathan Limbrick

Stage Carpentry

Head Stage CarpenterBruce McComb
Assistant Head Stage CarpenterBrett Rayner
Stage CarpenterDave Miller
Stage CarpenterEmily Milne
Stage Technician* | With the assistance of the Barbara Gyurka Award for Technical AchievementDana Marlese Achtem
Stage Technician* | With the assistance of the Canadian Pacific Hotels EndowmentRebecca Reid
* denotes Practicum Participant Please note financial assistance to participants and practicums is made possible through Banff Centre Scholarships and through the various scholarship funds named above.