Ex Machina - Concert of the Orchestre National de Jazz - Opening with the CARRKEYS

Concert
Ex Machina
La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington DC, US 20007
October 3, 2022 | 7:30pm
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Ex Machina - The Orchestre National of Jazz at La Maison Française on October 3rd

CARRKEYS OPENING PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM 

The DC Jazz Festival is proud to present an opening performance of CARRKEYS // Featuring Marshall Keys, Paul Carr, Allyn Johnson, Michael Bowie, and Quincy Phillips!

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EX MACHINA - THE ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE JAZZ AT 8:00 PM 

Duration: 1h20

The Orchestre National de Jazz and IRCAM present Ex Machina, a creation conceived by the American saxophonist Steve Lehman and Frédéric Maurin, artistic director of the ONJ.

In fact, both musicians share a number of aesthetic questions and ambitions that make it possible to compare their respective careers. Both have proposed material that has been widely praised as music that has inventive forms, with sophistication in its palettes of timbres, and elaborate patterns in which the music can be played, notably the manner in which the soloist integrates into the construction of the different pieces they have written.

Their shared ambition to go beyond traditional orchestral limits has particularly fostered their strong interest in the theories of spectral music, a contemporary practice notably represented by such French composers as Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail (under whom Steve Lehman studied at New York’s Columbia University). Based on the decomposition of the music’s acoustic properties, spectral music has allowed the emergence of new composing principles and orchestration techniques, notably in microtonal compositions that favor merged perceptions of the timbres, revolutionising the impressions that can emanate from orchestral works.

This project is the result of a collaboration with the Musical Representations team at IRCAM, headed by Gérard Assayag, and explores for the first time the possibilities of interaction between the instrumentalists and the machine within a large jazz orchestra. By integrating devices created using Jérôme Nika’s DYCI2 environment in the composition process and in the soloists’ improvisations in real-time, the computer becomes, in turn, a generator of electronic orchestrations for the composers and an improvisation partner for the musicians.

Presented in February 2022 at the 32nd Festival Présences de Radio France and then at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, this program, which also welcomes two of Steve Lehman's partners, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and vibraphonist Chris Dingman, proposes a voyage through that haven’t been heard before, a journey imagined with a musician who symbolizes the most vivid and daring inventions that today’s jazz has to offer.

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction. With the support of the ERC Advanced Grant REACH project led by Gérard Assayag and supported by the European Research Council under the Horizon 2020 program, the Centre National de la Musique, the SACEM and the SPEDIDAM.

The Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) tour has been made possible through Jazz & New Music, a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, SACEM (Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique) and the CNM (Centre National de la Musique).

 

STEVE LEHMAN

Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and a "dazzling saxophonist,” by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, the American Composers Orchestra, the JACK Quartet, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble. 

His most recent recording, The People I Love, was chosen as one of the "Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2019" by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR Music. Earlier recordings, such as Sélébéyone (2016),  Mise en Abîme (NPR #1 Jazz of 2014) and Travail, Transformation & Flow (NY Times #1 Jazz of 2009) have also been heralded as landmark recordings.

The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Lehman is an alto saxophonist who has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Bennie Maupin, Jason Moran, Georgia-Anne Muldrow, George Lewis, Meshell Ndegeocello, and HPrizm of Antipop Consortium, among many others. His recent electro-acoustic music has focused on the development of computer-driven models for improvisation, based in the Max/MSP programming environment. Lehman’s work has been favorably reviewed in Artforum, Downbeat Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Wire, and on National Public Radio, the BBC, Radio France, and SWR.

As a Fulbright scholar in France during the 2002-2003 academic year, Lehman began researching the reception of African-American experimental composers working in France during the 1970s. His article in the journal Critical Studies in Improvisation, “I Love You with an Asterisk: African-American Experimental Composers and the French Jazz Press, 1970-1980,” is based on his Fulbright research. More recently, Lehman has published writings and presented lectures on a wide range of topics, including rhythm cognition and European notions of American experimentalism. His current scholarship, including a forthcoming contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music, examines the overlapping histories of spectral composition and jazz improvisation.

Lehman received his B.A. (2000) and M.A. in Composition (2002) from Wesleyan University where he studied under Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Alvin Lucier, while concurrently working with Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music. He received his doctorate with distinction in Music Composition from Columbia University (2012), where his principal teachers included Tristan Murail and George Lewis.

Lehman has taught undergraduate courses at Wesleyan University, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, New School University, and Columbia University, and has presented lectures at Amherst College, UC Berkeley, The Berklee School of Music, The Banff Centre, The Royal Academy of Music in London, and IRCAM in Paris, where he is frequently engaged as a visiting research fellow.

He is currently a professor of Music at The California Institute of the Arts, and lives in Los Angeles.

FRÉDÉRIC MAURIN

After graduating as an engineer, Frédéric Maurin devote himself to a musical career, pursuing studies in Paris in both jazz performance and classical composition. He also trained in musical electronics at Ircam. From 2005 to 2018, Frédéric Maurin has composed and conducted the repertoire of Ping Machine, a large ensemble that received numerous awards, was unanimously recognized as a reference on the new European jazz scene and recorded five albums. Influenced by musicians and composers as diverse as Gérard Grisey, Steve Coleman, György Ligeti, Frank Zappa or Meshuggah, the music that he composes was described as “a musical utopia” by France Musique.

Apart from composing, Frédéric Maurin is also a guitarist in several projects as a sideman. For many years he has chosen to get involved in order to improve the conditions for the dissemination of the music he defends: from 2011 to 2017, he was president of Grands Formats, an artists' federation for large format music that now brings together 109 professional orchestras and 1300 European musicians. Frédéric Maurin was appointed in July 2018 as artistic director of the Orchestre National de Jazz and inaugurated his project in January 2019.

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This program is supported by Villa Albertine, Face Foundation, and the DC Jazz Festival.

The DC Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates America’s unique original art form by presenting year-round programs and performances featuring local, national and internationally acclaimed artists. The mission of the DC Jazz Festival is to present internationally renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz, unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences, advance jazz and music education, provide performance opportunities for DC-based musicians, and highlight DC as a major and vibrant center for jazz. With dozens of performances in venues across the city, the annual DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the world. This international event attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit dcjazzfest.org.

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ONJ
Orchestre National de Jazz

The Orchestre National de Jazz was created by France's Ministry of Culture in 1986. This prestigious institution is unique in its genre: in three decades the ONJ has been the bearer of 12 different orchestral projects, conducted by 11 successive artistic and musical directors for the duration of their mandates. In that time, the Orchestra has welcomed to its ranks no fewer than 200 soloists and recorded 31 albums. In the course of its history the ONJ has played a large part in the institutional and cultural legitimization of jazz, notably in offering a vast panorama of newly created works not only in France but also abroad.

DC JazzFest
DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates America’s unique original art form by presenting year-round programs and performances featuring local, national and internationally acclaimed artists. The mission of the DC Jazz Festival is to present internationally renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz, unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences, advance jazz and music education, provide performance opportunities for DC-based musicians, and highlight DC as a major and vibrant center for jazz. With dozens of performances in venues across the city, the annual DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the world. This international event attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit dcjazzfest.org.

 

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FACE Foundation

The French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation is a US non-profit organization that promotes French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects, in cooperation with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. It coordinates support for programs in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, music, film, translation, and secondary and higher education. 

 

FACE Foundation is Villa Albertine’s main partner in the US.   

 

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