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Emergence

Emergence

for jazz trio and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Emergence is a composition for my group, the Vijay Iyer Trio, plus chamber orchestra. This piece situates our trio's collaborative improvisational language in the context of a classical ensemble. In juxtaposing the respective powers of these very different ensembles, and featuring them separately and together, we explore how these two contrasting perspectives on music might coexist. The trio's specialized skills of internal rhythmic synchronization and organic creative embellishment exist in relief against the orchestra's interpretive powers, range of colors, and sheer physical spread of sound. In this piece, the trio should not be featured up front in a typical "concerto" formation, but rather in the rear of the orchestra, driving the energy from within the ensemble. At times this "rhythm section" function may challenge the role of the conductor, since the sense of pulse is often guided sonically by the trio. In addition, at certain moments, the orchestral players are asked to make choices in real time, sometimes by listening and responding to each other, which challenges the centrality of the score and the composer. These reconsiderations of authority and agency are key questions for me as a composer and improviser. ⎯Vijay Iyer
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Jazztopad Festival/National Forum of Music and the European Capitol of Culture Wroclaw 2016
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Garden Music, New York
Subtitle: for jazz trio and orchestra
Uraufführung : 30. April 2016 Wrocław, National Forum of Music, Main Hal (PL) Jazztopad Festival · Vijay Iyer, piano - Stephan Crump, double bass - Tyshawn Sorey, drums · Dirigent: Nikola Kołodziejczyk · NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: Solo jazz trio: drum set-pno-db – Orchestra: 1.1.1.1-1.1.1.1-str
Emergence is a composition for my group, the Vijay Iyer Trio, plus chamber orchestra. This piece situates our trio's collaborative improvisational language in the context of a classical ensemble. In juxtaposing the respective powers of these very different ensembles, and featuring them separately and together, we explore how these two contrasting perspectives on music might coexist. The trio's specialized skills of internal rhythmic synchronization and organic creative embellishment exist in relief against the orchestra's interpretive powers, range of colors, and sheer physical spread of sound. In this piece, the trio should not be featured up front in a typical "concerto" formation, but rather in the rear of the orchestra, driving the energy from within the ensemble. At times this "rhythm section" function may challenge the role of the conductor, since the sense of pulse is often guided sonically by the trio. In addition, at certain moments, the orchestral players are asked to make choices in real time, sometimes by listening and responding to each other, which challenges the centrality of the score and the composer. These reconsiderations of authority and agency are key questions for me as a composer and improviser. ⎯Vijay Iyer
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Jazztopad Festival/National Forum of Music and the European Capitol of Culture Wroclaw 2016
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Garden Music, New York
Subtitle: for jazz trio and orchestra
Uraufführung : 30. April 2016 Wrocław, National Forum of Music, Main Hal (PL) Jazztopad Festival · Vijay Iyer, piano - Stephan Crump, double bass - Tyshawn Sorey, drums · Dirigent: Nikola Kołodziejczyk · NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: Solo jazz trio: drum set-pno-db – Orchestra: 1.1.1.1-1.1.1.1-str
Conductor: Steven Schick
Orchestra: International Contemporary Ensemble
2017-06-15 | Berkeley, CA (United States of America), Zellerbach Hall
Conductor: Steven Schick
Orchestra: International Contemporary Ensemble
2017-06-08 | Ojai, CA (United States of America), Libbey Bowl
Conductor: Nikola Kołodziejczyk
Orchestra: NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra
2016-04-30 | Wrocław (Poland), National Forum of Music, Main Hal