Sunday, March 12, 2017
Photo by Randy Cole
SWOJO is honored to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant to commission this new work for large jazz ensemble.
Composer and saxophonist Christine Jensen is considered one of the most important Canadian composers of her generation, according to Globe and Mail jazz critic, Mark Miller.
"Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind." -Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine.
Jensen performs and records regularly with her sister Ingrid. They have toured all over the world from Seattle's Jazz Alley to New York's Museum of Modern Art, from an SS Norway Jazz Cruise to a tour of Japan.
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra received Juno awards for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year for Habitat (2014) and Treelines (2013).
This will be the first concert led by Jill Townsend, SWOJO’s new Co-Musical Director. Jill is a Canadian composer, band leader and music educator from Vancouver, BC.
The premiere will be performed on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:30pm at the Shorewood Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133.
Tickets are on sale now
SWOJO's mission is to nurture the musical, educational and artistic growth of individual musicians, to encourage women to become involved in jazz performance/composition as a career or avocation, and to foster community interest in and appreciation of jazz as an art form.
This project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA and 4Culture.