From Janna Saslaw‘s gig announcement email:
It’s time for another New Orleans New Music Ensemble (“No Enemy”)
concert! This time we have five new, hot-off-the-presses pieces for
chamber orchestra by New Orleans composers Jeff Albert, Leo DeJesus,
Ryan Olivier, Jimbo Walsh, and Rachel Woods, with Charles Taylor,
conductor. It’s classical, jazz, pop – grab a drink and view the art!
Meet the composers! You don’t get to hear a “band” this big playing
this kind of music in such a relaxed setting any old time!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:30 PM
The Big Top Gallery
1638 Clio St. (between St. Charles and Carondelet)
Admission: $10, $5 for students and seniors
I love this group. New Music in fun venues. One of the early discussions proposed a guideline that we should only play places that had a bar in the same room as the stage. I know my pieces sound better if the audience is loosened up a bit. This is not only music by composers that are still alive, but by composers that are in the room. Once we did a Bruce Bennett piece that was several years old, but most of the stuff isn’t even several weeks old. The first rehearsal is tonight, and I finished printing the parts for my piece for this concert on Tuesday, so I am WAY ahead of the game this time around.
If you are in New Orleans next Wednesday, please come to the concert. If you are not, say a prayer of thanks for the musicians (and composers) who are willing to do stuff like this for the love of creation more than the money (which there is more of this time, but still not too much).
If we get a good recording, I’ll post an mp3 of my piece here.