Rebirth of the Third Stream
November 28, 2012
"Any music stands to profit from a confrontation with another; thus composers of Western art music can learn a great deal from the rhythmic vitality and swing of jazz, while jazz musicians can find new avenues of development in the large-scale forms and complex tonal systems of classical music."
Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to the genre reinvention that Gunther Schuller brought to NEC 40 years ago, and that has evolved into today's Contemporary Improvisation program. Pianist Ran Blake (in photo), founding chair of NEC's Third Stream/Contemporary Improvisation program, joins the group for one number.
The program walks through the evolution of music that fits the Third Stream definition and its evolution: jazz compositions that are orchestrated with the complexity of a classical symphony; classical works that have been "recomposed" by jazz musicians; original works by classical and jazz composers that blend genres.
Duke Ellington A Tone Parallel to Harlem
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Gil Evans Arab Dance
J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, arr. Bob Graettinger You Go to My Head
Bob Graettinger Modern Opus
Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Steve Lacy Worms, Don’t Ask
Ran Blake, arr. Ken Schaphorst Horace is Blue with Ran Blake, piano
George Russell All About Rosie