Ventus Machina – the quintet from which you can always expect the unexpected. Starting in Fredericton on April 21, audiences will have the chance to hear a brand new program of jazz-inspired greats both new and old. Ventus Machina clarinetist James Kalyn acts as soloist and band leader, taking us on a tour of the past 100 years of jazz tradition, including hits like In the Mood by Glenn Miller, and Take 5 by Dave Brubeck. A jazzy bassoon solo, anyone? Or how about a French horn that mimics a trumpet cup mute?
In researching this program, the group found that there is a surprising lack of original works and transcriptions of jazz tunes for woodwind quintet. Several of the arrangements are new and delightfully done by multi-talented Kalyn, and the concert also boasts a gorgeous brand new work composed for Ventus Machina by American jazz composer Mike Titlebaum. Argentinian composer and pianist Lalo Schifrin, most well known as the composer of the theme from Mission Impossible, has written an amazing bluesy quintet which will delight and surprise our audience.
If you saw Ventus Machina take on the music of Latin America last year, or made it to the Opera show this past February, you will find this a treat! If you have never heard this group, come out for the show, it will be fun. As always, the show is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages and tastes. Performances in Fredericton at St. Thomas University, 7:30pm on April 21, at Resurgo Place in Moncton, 7:30pm on April 23 and in Saint John at the Saint John Arts Centre at 2pm on April 24. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, children under free. Tickets available at the door for all three shows.
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