Concert Series #1 – Sankofa
Hanna Benn – Sankofa (2017)
Julian Garvue – Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Dimitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9, op. 70 in Eb major (1945)
Makenna Carrico – Chocolate (World Premiere)
Interesting facts about this concert:
Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind. The word is derived from the words:
FA (look, seek and take).
The sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation.
Concertino for Piano and Orchestra was written for the 100th year birthday anniversary of Thelonius Monk.
Julian Garvue is a jazz and classical pianist from Seattle, Washington. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (class of ‘16), he holds degrees in Jazz Piano and Music Theory. Also a composer and arranger, Julian studied jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and has a growing body of work for jazz ensemble and full orchestra. His most recent work, “Concertino for Piano and Orchestra,” received 3rd prize in the international “Spheres of a Genius” competition in Austria.
Julian has performed with diverse artists such as genre-defying violinist Christian Howes, jazz saxophone giant David Liebman, and 50’s vocal quartets The 4 Lads and The 4 Aces. As part of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble from 2014-2016, Julian shared the stage with saxophonist Dave Glasser at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City and with pianist, arranger, and conductor Jim McNeely in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman. In 2014, Julian was one of ten Eastman students selected to perform in the school’s Chamber Jazz Ensemble with Grammy Award winning composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and keyboardist for Conan on TBS, Scott Healy. This concert was subsequently mixed, mastered, and released by Mr. Healy on his record label, Blue Dog Music (http://www.bluedogmusic.com) as “Live at Kilbourn Hall.”
An active educator, Julian has taught music both privately and in the public school system. As an ArtistYear fellow serving PS 143 Q (Louis Armstrong Elementary School) in Queens, Julian currently serves over 500 students grades 1-5 in 23 classrooms and the afterschool NIA program, creating his own lesson plans that blend music appreciation with song and dance. An Americorps organization, ArtistYear serves Title I schools in Philadelphia, PA, Queens, NY, and the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado.
Julian co-leads The Arsonists, a progressive jazz quintet that fuses modern jazz with rock and roll, reggae and J-music (http://www.arsonistsband.com). The Arsonists have toured across the United States in cities such as New York, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, and have also recorded two albums. The first, “The Red Planet,” was co-produced and released on CD and online in 2014.
A composer, vocalist, and genre-spanning collaborator, Hanna Benn has been creating music for over a decade. Her multi-disciplinary approach has incorporated dance, opera, and theater — submerging boundaries and discovering new sonic landscapes in the process.
With origins rooted in gospel and choral music, Benn began exploring music as both an intimate and collective experience at an early age. Her influences soon included Stravinsky, English pastoral music, R&B, Alice Coltrane, and Olivier Messiaen.
Benn studied composition and voice at Cornish College of the Arts and has been composing ever since. While in Seattle, she co-founded an experimental pop band called Pollens. She has worked with CMF Festival Orchestra, Saint Helen's String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, St. Marks Cathedral Choir, Opus 7, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
She wrote and recorded work on Son Lux's Bones album and toured with Boots (who has produced Beyoncé, FKA Twigs, and Run the Jewels). Her commissioned work and compositions have been performed across the country, from a five-hour immersive opera and dance performance in collaboration with Alice Gosti and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra to a composition celebrating Black American composers with Davida Ingram and the North Chamber Orchestra. She recently completed a residency at Central State in Indianapolis where she wrote much of her new album.
Makenna is a film, game, and concert composer based in the Pacific Northwest. She currently attends the Seattle Film Institute, where she will obtain a Master of Music in Film Composition [after July 21st, this can be changed to "She attended the Seattle Film Institute and graduated in 2018 with a Master of Music in Film Composition"].
Makenna received her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition in 2016 from the University of Oregon, where she was also a member of the Oregon Composers Forum. Her favorite composers include Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and film composers Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, and Rachel Portman. Her primary instrument is cello and she enjoys playing with local orchestras, and she is currently attempting to learn ukulele.