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Musings

Christopher Zuar Orchestra

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“... a remarkably original compositional language... Musings does what all great music is supposed to do: it moves the listener and provokes the kind of introspection that is the source of all creative experiences. It is for anyone who appreciates drama, beauty, spontaneity, and a flash of genius gifted from the gods.” 
– Mike Holober  

PERSONNEL

WOODWINDS

Dave Pietro / Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute

Ben Kono / Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet

Jason Rigby / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Lucas Pino / Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet

Brian Landrus / Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

TRUMPETS/FLUGELHORNS

Tony Kadleck Jon Owens Mat Jodrell Matt Holman

TROMBONES

Tim Albright Matt McDonald Alan Ferber Max Seigel

RHYTHM

Pete McCann / Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Frank Carlberg / Piano & Fender Rhodes

John Hebert / Acoustic & Electric Bass

Mark Ferber / Drums

Rogerio Boccato / Percussion

Jo Lawry / Voice 

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Christopher Zuar’s music has been performed by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, The Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the New York/BMI Jazz Orchestra, and the Hall High School concert jazz band among others.

Feeling at home writing both contemporary jazz and classical, Zuar’s music has been hailed by acclaimed pianist and composer Mike Holober as “...clever, intuitive, engaging, accessible and ultimately beautiful.” His compositions explore rich harmonies, lyrical melodies, and atmospheric textures that combine to create a compositional voice wholly his own.

Zuar has garnered numerous awards and commissions. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s Award (2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016), the First Music Commission from the New York Youth Symphony (2011, 2012 and 2015), the 2016 ASCAP Johnny Mandel Prize, and reached the finals in the 2013 Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Jazz Composition Competition. His most recent work, Native Tongue, will receive its premiere by the NYYS Jazz in May of 2016 in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Zuar holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music both in jazz composition.  Most recently, Zuar assembled a world-class group of musicians to record his debut album, Musings, a collection of eight original compositions for large ensemble. The recording will be released on Sunnyside Records on April 1st, 2016.  

 

 
PHOTO: Colleen Chrzanowski

PHOTO: Colleen Chrzanowski

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Press

 

All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky 4.5 stars

"...artfully crafted and expertly rendered by a forward-thinking jazz orchestra…"

 

Audiophile Audition - Jeff Krow 4.5 stars

"…a masterful blend of modern classical and jazz… Zuar’s compositions soar with a richness and beauty that demand reflection and leave a deep sense of serenity."

 

downbeat - yoshi kato 4 stars 

“...Musings is an impressively accomplished debut."

 

Jazzdagama - Raul da gama

"Musings will likely go down as one of the most celebrated large ensemble recordings made this year... Christopher Zuar, who is responsible for this devilishly good recording is prodigiously gifted, an idiomatic and virtuoso writer who seems to dream in every instrument represented here.
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Schedule

 

Christopher Zuar Orchestra

Musings CD Release Concert 

The Jazz Gallery

April 7, 2016 7:30 PM

NEW YORK YOUTH SYMPHONY JAZZ

Native Tongue Premiere 

Jazz at Lincoln Center/The Appel Room

May 16, 2016 7:30 PM

 
 

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