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Prehistoric Jazz

Monday • April 5, 2021   |   7:30 pm

Longy’s Prehistoric Jazz Ensemble will perform new ‘re-imagined’ arrangements of two crucial, but oft overlooked, pieces of American Repertoire. Scott Joplin wrote what is now considered the first American Opera, Treemonisha. Not only does it feature an all-black cast, the overture is a masterpiece of ragtime technique and variation. Longy’s PJE constructed a new arrangement of the overture that includes improvisation and updates the sound and instrumentation for 2021. This will be a world premiere. Pianist and composer, Mary Lou Williams was a star of the swing era yet her Zodiac Suite (a 12 part suite for chamber ensemble and jazz trio) is woefully underappreciated. Longy’s PJE has re-imagined 4 parts of the suite as vehicles for collaboration and improvisation, celebrating the composer’s narrative and themes, while reshaping the sound design to fit the contemporary chamber jazz landscape.

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Monday • April 5, 2021
7:30 pm
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.