– CompCord Big Band – Brand New Music for Big Band Featuring Legendary Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev

  • Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012
  • December 6, 2022
    7:00 pm

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – On Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm at Players Theatre, Composers Concordance presents the CompCord Big Band, with some of New York’s finest musicians.

The CompCord Big Band takes the genre of big band music to untrodden destinations, combining what one recognizes as the standard swing sound with contemporary compositional techniques, bending traditional rules with atypical arrangements. This event’s featured soloists include trumpet legend Valery Ponomarev (The Jazz Messengers), Kathleen Supové on toy piano and soprano Melanie Mitrano. The band will also highlight our Young Lions project, with three trumpet players in the early stages of their careers.

Featured compositions include: Gene Pritsker’s Faceless, inspired by Duke Ellington and featuring trumpet soloist Franz Hackl, You Said by Jason Jackson, Sophie Dunér’s Let’s Go Commercial and Dave Soldier’s West Memphis.

The concert will also be live-streamed on the Composers Concordance Facebook Page.

Listing Information

Composers Concordance
CompCord Big Band
Tuesday, December 6th
7pm ET
Players Theatre
115 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10012

$32, $42, $52
Live Stream

Eddie Allen, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Sophie Dunér, Franz Hackl, Jason Jackson,
Melanie Mitrano & Gerson Galante, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Valery Panamarov,
Wyatt Pepper, Gene Pritsker, Ed Schultheiss Colón, Dave Soldier.

CompCord Big Band:
Gerson Galante & Michiyo Suzuki – alto sax
Scott Hoefling & Lance Bryant – tenor sax
Stefan Zeniuk – bari sax

Eddie Allen, Franz Hackl, Peter Oswald, Valery Ponomarev – trumpets
Young Lions: Alex Kuttler, Valentin Metzger, Wyatt Pepper – trumpets

John Clark – horn
Jason Jackson – trombone
Jen Baker – trombone
Joe Turgeon – bass trombone

Alon Nechushtan – piano
Larry Goldman – bass
Dave Cossin – drums

Melanie Mitrano – voice
Dizzy – voice
Kathleen Supové – toy piano
Michiyo Suzuki – clarinet

Gene Pritsker – conductor

Staying in rotation for 39 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

“Composers Concordance..a veritable New York new music institution of concerts, album production and multiple ensembles under a sweeping, tenacious brand, thriving on the emulsion of contemporary classical, free improv, jazz and rock, overt humor and fearless political statements, all very much in evidence..The ensemble..was masterful throughout.”- John Pietaro, The New York City Jazz Record

“An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance” – The Brooklyn Rail

“The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” – Classical-Modern Music Review

“Enterprising new music organization” – The New York Times

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