I have shot a lot of different types of musical performances - Country Rock (Andrew Morris Band), Classic Rock (Phil Collins, Molly Hatchet), Rock (Emily Estefan, AME@Frost, Jeff Jefferies), Classical Symphony (Frost Symphony Orchestra) and then a few that should need no category, like the Blues Brothers(!). Plus many more! However… There is no music that beat JAZZ for fun and inspiration. The Frost School of Music Jazz program is top shelve in every way - Musicians, performance energy, piece selection, stage presence and visuals. Most of the time I end up with images I enjoy that far outnumber what is considered “an appropriate number” for a gallery, so instead, I will call these outtakes….
Pictures at an Exhibition—Carl St. Clair Conducts Frost Symphony Orchestra
as they perform Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2; and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Maestro St. Clair led a power and passionate performance of the Frost Symphony Orchestra. During his introduction to the audience, it was quite apparent the Maestro is an experienced educator with a great sense of humor.
Carl St Clair is a distinguished American conductor whom is faculty at University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_St._Clair).
Kneebody (http://www.kneebody.com) made their first stop at the Frost School of Music’s Frost Live concert series. The night also marked the first stop of their US tour.
From the Frost website:
Adam Benjamin, piano, composer
Shane Endsley, trumpet
Kaveh Rastegar, bass, composer
Ben Wendel, saxophone
Nate Wood, multi-instrumentalist
Kneebody’s sound is explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own.
Their music starts as a great mix of electric and jazz and quickly moves into their own, tight sounds. The band has been together for over 13 years. Their mix of talent and history of playing together makes for a great performance!