Jazz Orchestra gig @ NCEM


Together with my Kirki Project collaborator Ricardo Alvarez I got involved in University of York Jazz Orchestra gig at National Centre for Early Music in York. Concert themed with Chilean music consisted of 2x sets. The first one composed by Chileans’s Ensemble Quintessence and the second with Ricardo’s own compositions.

Conducted by Jonathan Eato concert resonated with Kirki Project as music in the second set was also inspired by Tirana Festival. It was great opportunity to experiment with electronic material and the orchestra. I was using both field recordings and digital synthesis made on OP1,  Machinedrum and Octatrack bringing ambience and textural material to the intervals and sparse parts with solos.

I processed both video and audio material recorded by Ricardo with digital effects adding electronic drum patterns to the pieces. For the visualisations, I used simple Jitter patch to load the videos, photos and faded between them. Overlaying clips helped expressing the density of the atmosphere

Dynamic and intense as Tirana festival set contained amazing solos by James Mainwaring (Roller Trio, Space F!ght) Mark Bassey (Julian Arguelles Quartet) and Ricardo himself among other members of the orchestra.

It was very inspiring experience to play with the orchestra. I feel that there so much more to explore in terms of interaction with the orchestra and use of electronic material, especially drum machines, sampling and synthetic textural sounds.

Photos: Weronika Czarniecka

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