SBCC’s New World Hits State Street with Grammy-Winning Artist – The Channels
The sunny day and the subtle breeze created the perfect weather this Saturday, October 9 for “The Sound of Art”, a musical performance in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara City College.
Nine students of the City College New World Jazz Ensemble worked closely with Grammy-winning composer Ted Nash through a two-week Artist-in-Residence program with the museum and a speaker-in-residence program. of six weeks with City College.
“The point of all of this is to use inspiration for something,” Ted Nash said. “When you use something like a beautiful painting or something that really moves you and then you use your imagination, you say ‘okay, how does he express these colors? And then each takes a different approach to the art and the way they express it musically.
Nash of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra composed the Grammy-nominated “Portrait in Seven Shades,” a seven-part suite inspired by modern artists who lived at the “top of jazz” as featured in the program. Nash used this same technique with the students, who wrote original compositions inspired by pieces in the museum.
Before the performance, each member came and explained their reasoning behind choosing their piece and explained what the audience would hear as they performed.
The music was a mixture of playful tunes and minor chords, conveying the emotions of their work of art. This helped set the tone for downtown State Street, as many stopped to enjoy the music or listened from the comfort of their tables at a nearby cafe.
Gabriel Rangel, the show’s second performer, spoke about his approach to composing.
“There have been a lot of ups and downs for me, but there have been times when I have had such inspiration. I was inspired by different pieces of music that I listen to and I took it from there, ”he said.
Her piece was influenced by the artwork “The Hunters” by Grandma Moses, which depicts a snowy day in the woods. Members of the public described it as “a song I want to listen to on Christmas” because it mimicked the soft, comfortable tunes heard in holiday music.
Pianist Azik Rogers proposed progression by analyzing Kay Sage’s “Second Song” painting, a painting that reminded him of a human.
“I brought a little keyboard into the museum with me when we did the tour,” Rogers said. “I went home and put it in place. I imagined it in my head for days and days playing through that chord progression until I stumbled upon something I liked.
His song kept a consistent sound and featured a solo.
When student and final act of the day Jay Real saw Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s painting “Fireworks in the Cool Summer Evening at Ryōgoku Bridge”, he immediately thought of the contrast.
“I wanted to tell the story of a group of people coming together at a festival,” Real said during the presentation of his work, with evident pride in his voice which combined with the skills he has. developed over the years.
Through the program, students were able to be fully involved in the process of a composer who tested their musical and thought-processing skills.
Many spectators of all ages smiled throughout the show and praised the work of the ensemble.
Under the direction of Ted Nash and Jim Mooy, “The Sound of Art” proved to be a hit among the crowd, and the vibrancy of the music was shared on the streets.