Ben Zucker
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Ben Zucker commented on Connor Peavy's blog post A solo idea for voice and alto-sax for the arranging Ellington project ,any thoughts would be great :)
"It says "solo part" on top of the sheet - is this a duet, or is the sax player singing? Both are really interesting! All of this is so cool to see; sometimes it seems that when given an ensemble, people are inclined to use everything and…"
Nov 12, 2013
Ben Zucker commented on Ben Zucker's blog post Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms
""Very free" was a very lazy term to use in characterizing the rhythm, and inadvertently privileges (in this case) the rhythm section. That superimposition of seemingly disparate strands is a challenge to articulate, especially in trying to…"
Nov 12, 2013
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Oct 31, 2013
Darcy James Argue commented on Ben Zucker's blog post Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms
"Hey Ben, So great to see you participating in this project! I really appreciate the thoughtfulness with which you are approaching this music, and the connection you've made between Ellington's sacred music and the spirituality of the 1960s…"
Oct 30, 2013
Ben Zucker replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Balancing the composer's intent with your own voice in the group Jazz
"I've been working on a very free-form arrangement of Almighty God; I've gone into the process in detail in a blog post: http://musicalexchange.carnegiehall.org/profiles/blogs/arranging-ellington-free-sacred-conceptualisms I agree…"
Oct 30, 2013
Ben Zucker commented on Ben Zucker's blog post Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms
"Hey Zack! Things are pretty good; it's also cool to be able to simultaneously reach out. I suppose the archetypal sound coming to my mind is Coleman's "Lonely Woman"; his wailing tone and very free rhythm are what is a model for…"
Oct 30, 2013
Zack Sulsky commented on Ben Zucker's blog post Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms
"Hey Ben! It's great to see you found this project. How are things at Wesleyan? You raised a lot of interesting ideas in this post. Are there any audio or video recordings from the artists who are inspiring your work here that you could share…"
Oct 29, 2013
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Oct 26, 2013
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Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms

In writing for the Arranging Ellington project, I've been seeking to start from a conceptual basis; in a way, I want to break down pieces into their essential qualities and work philosophically as a means of developing the musical realization. It has been both helpful and interesting in creating a consistent character for the piece.Thinking of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts from which the songs are drawn from, with their use of large ensembles and choirs and knowing their history of…See More
Oct 26, 2013
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I am a:
Student, Performing Artist
My school is:
Wesleyan University
My style(s) of music:
A cappella, Choral, Classical, Electronic, Experimental, Film, Jazz, Musical Theater
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Ethnomusicology, Film Scoring / Soundtracks, Multimedia Projects, Music History, Music Theory, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Laptop, Piano / keyboard, Percussion, Trombone, Tuba, Vibraphone, Voice
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Darcy James Argue, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Sol LeWitt, Sigur Ros, Antonin Artaud, Terry Riley, Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground, John Zorn, Anselm Kiefer, Jason Adasiewicz, Robert Ashley, Tim Berne, Charles Mingus, Nick Drake, Pat Metheny,Caryl Churchill
More about me:
https://soundcloud.com/zvibes
zvibes.bandcamp.com

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Arranging Ellington - Free Sacred Conceptualisms

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 1:30pm 4 Comments

In writing for the Arranging Ellington project, I've been seeking to start from a conceptual basis; in a way, I want to break down pieces into their essential qualities and work philosophically as a means of developing the musical realization. It has been both helpful and interesting in creating a consistent character for the piece.

Thinking of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts from which the songs are drawn from, with their…

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At 4:56pm on October 21, 2013, Evan Taylor said…

Hey Ben! Welcome to our community. Check out the Composing group! Think you’d love it there.

 
 
 

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