At the Jazz Gallery, featuring Samantha Boshnack, Izaak Mills, Jessica Pavone, Sarah Bernstein, Kai Ono, Lisa Hoppe, and Jacob Shandling.
Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt performs music about the Ring of Fire, which is located on the rim of the Pacific Ocean. The area is home to many of the world’s volcanoes and earthquakes. Boshnack’s compositions experiment with the friction of geographic shifts to create a new harmonic topography. This music examines our relationship with the Earth, including the elements of risk and faith in that uneasy cohabitation. Movements of the work draw on influences from some of the cultures and people living on the Ring, including Chile, Japan, Alaska, Western Samoa, and Russia.
In 2018, Boshnack was awarded the annual Make Jazz Fellowship. This award is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to honor and support promising, emerging jazz composers. For the fellowship, Boshnack was in residence at 18th Street Arts Center in LA for three months. While there, she composed this 8-movement work for trumpet/flugelhorn, baritone/tenor saxophones, violin, violin/viola, piano, upright bass, drums. The culminating performance was released as “Live in Santa Monica”, on Orenda Records in March 2019 .