The Claudia Quintet
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Sets at 7:00PM and 9:30PM.
John Hollenbeck's accolades are as wide and varied as his compositional style. He fuses the traditions of jazz with the sounds and techniques of new music, progressive rock, and indie rock in a manner rarely found elsewhere today. The fusion of styles inherent in his musical language is what drew BCM to Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck's recent commissions include works for the Gotham Wind Symphony, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the University of Arts, Philadelphia. He is the winner of the 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; DownBeat International Critics Poll for Rising Star Arranger of the Year (2012) and Big Band of the Year (2011); the 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award; a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship; Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Contest in 1995 and 2002; and Meet the Composer Grants in 1995 and 2001.
The Claudia Quintet, founded in 1997 and Hollenbeck's longest-running group, has made its mark on the jazz world through its singular, genre-defying sound. DownBeat calls them "a chamber band that has tickled the ears of adventurous listeners for a decade with its deft blend of improvised jazz solos, run-on, minimalist figures that gradually shift shape and color, and unusual instrumentation" and the All Music Guide calls them one of the, “top five progressive jazz units in the U.S.” Over their 15 years together, the Claudia Quintet has released six albums and toured extensively throughout the world. In the last two years, the Quintet has performed in San Sebastian, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cologne, Germany; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Brooklyn; Richmond; and at the Bitter End, the Cornelia Street Cafe and the Stone in New York City. The Quintet was named "Rising Star Jazz Group" in the 2008 DownBeat International Critics Poll, awarded a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant for 2009's Royal Toast, awarded an Arts International grant to tour in Brazil in 2002, and was commissioned by the University of Rochester to set the poetry of Kenneth Patchen to music which led to their sixth album release: “What Is the Beautiful?”.
The presentation of the Claudia Quintet is supported by Chamber Music America's Presenting Jazz Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Selections from the Quintet's 2009 album Royal Toast, written for a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant.