The Modern Band is a jazz rooted ensemble with a primary focus on repertoire that encompasses innovative trends in jazz of the last decade. Cuong Vu - director
Ensemble members will also be exposed to a wide range of musical influences that have pushed the boundaries of jazz as an art form forward into its current state. Students are encouraged to write original material for the ensemble while searching for the musical innovations of the artists of their generation to apply to the sound of the group and its repertoire.
The objective of the musical experience is for the ensemble members to collectively experiment with and apply their own individual musical musings and aesthetics towards creating a personalized and original body of work while looking towards innovation to help them forward.
Audition Date - Thursday 10/1/15
Time - 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm (be present at 12:30 pm)
Room - 35 (on the lowest floor of the Music Building)
Students are encouraged to bring repertoire of their choosing to perform solo or with any combination of instrumentalists that are available at the time. Students should audition with what they are most comfortable with, however improvisation in a modern style of your choosing and/or free improvisation are recommended. Students may further be asked to perform an improvisation with any combination of musicians that will be auditioning.
**Examples of possible audition repertoire to choose from include a jazz standard, a Monk or an Ornette original, a selection from Schoenberg's "Book of Hanging Gardens" or an Ives "Song", a Beatles classic to a Radiohead tune, to any piece from one of today's musical artists of personal inspiration. Student originals are encouraged.
Studio Jazz Ensemble – MUSEN 346/546 B
Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 2:20 pm