For this Friday February 9th afternoon gig David Kweksilber came up with his Big Band consisting of students of the Conservatoire. On the music stand scores by composition students of the Conservatoire and pieces of the regular repertoire of the Big Band.
The David Kweksilber Royal Conservatoire Big Band
The Big Band kicked off with NoGo by Dutch composer Jan-Bas Bollen. After a laidback, easy opening of piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion and voice (soprano Julie Langfjord), Julie counted down from five starting and more abstract part of the piece with brass - and woodwind ((bass) clarinets and bassoon) players in the lead.
Then the first of three World Premieres. Sebastiano Evangelista with a piece entitled: An anthropomorphized violin is chased by a saxophone who eventually gets locked in a metronome jail, because their families don't like each other. A swinging composition with both female jazz voice as female classical voice. The final part is a spoken discussion between the classical singer denouncing jazz and the jazz singer naming classical music boring:"Classical music is for grandpa's."
Abel Fazekas @ work
The second World Premiere was announced. Abel Fazekas playing a leading role in his composition 'DKKCBB's got talent'. He presented his piece by adressing the audience:"Before we start, you all have to understand that this piece is going to be very, very, very good. Seriously." Abel stepped on a bar stool and directed the seating musicians to come forward and form a line. Abel's companion pointed out single musicians to perform a short solo. Some of them remained in line both others were send back to their seats. And after Abel sent the baritone saxophone player to his seat the applause was for the sole survivor, a trumpet player. All the while this perfomance was underlined by a quiet easy piece of music. Abel and his partner took a drink and enjoyed the rest of the piece, which is a 100 times repeat of a certain theme. A short second classic by Graettinger (Thermopylae) was followed by Havank a composition by composer and pianist Guus Janssen, also the regular pianist of the Big Band. A brilliant and brilliantly played opening solo by the bassoon, after which the brass took over the theme. A lenghty tenor saxophone solo followed by the full orchestra leading to a final solo by the bassoon. < BR> The third World Premiere was f-stop by versatile composer Remco Gerritsen. Who explained:"My piece gradually became a kind of a drumming concerto, as David called it. The drummer is taking us through a weird photographic exhibition. Enjoy." He didn't promise to much for the driving drum sounds and the wonderful female voices with the rest of the band presented a varied and interesting piece. The Big Band concluded their gig with another classic: Fletcher Henderson's 'Henderson Stomp'.