In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the BAUHAUS, an influential art and
architecture movement, the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra, BuJazzO, presents a
live-music to picture program with original compositions by prominent German and
American jazz composers. Five short films from the 1920s by internationally renowned
Bauhaus master teacher, graphic artist, and photographer László Moholy-Nagy were
newly scored for big band and vocal ensemble. Three animated advertising shorts
(1919-1922) will open the program.
The project represents an exciting collaboration between BuJazzO, the Eastman School
of Music, and Eastman Museum for Film and Photography in Rochester. The program
premiered at the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau in March 2018 and thanks to funding by the
German State Department will tour international jazz festivals until the culminating
Bauhaus celebration in Berlin in 2019.
Ansgar Striepens: Excelsior (1922, “Excelsior Tires,” Walter Ruttmann)
Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens (1919, “Ornament of the
Love-Struck Heart,” Lotte Reiniger)
Das Geheimnis der Marquise (1920, “The Secret of the Marquise,”
Christopher Dell: Lichtspiel (1930,”Lightplay,” László Moholy-Nagy)
Gebhard Ullmann: Berliner Stillleben (1930, “Berlin Still-Life,” László Moholy-Nagy)
Bill Dobbins: Marseille Vieux Port (1929, “Old Port Marseille,” László Moholy-Nagy)
Julia Hülsmann: Großstadt-Zigeuner (1932, “Urban Gypsies,” László Moholy-Nagy)
Niels Klein: Lobster (1936, László Moholy-Nagy)
Oliver Schneller: White City (2018, visuals and composition)
The Bundesjazzorchester (“BuJazzO”) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. Outstanding junior musicians and renowned conductors and instructors jointly form an ensemble with the highest musical standards. Founded in 1988 by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Bundesjazzorchester is nowadays considered to be an excellent talent factory of tomorrow’s successful jazz musicians. After passing an initial audition, each member is accepted into the orchestra for a maximum of two years. With an upper age limit of 24 most of the musicians are either conservatoire students or graduates. The young talents regularly develop new programs together with changing guest conductors i.e. Jiggs Whigham, John Hollenbeck, Niels Klein, Jörg Achim Keller. BuJazzO is twinned with WDR Big Band, National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK) and Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest (Netherlands). The Bundesjazzorchester has travelled throughout the world as a cultural ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany, with tours to North America, Ecuador, India, Africa, Russia and Europe.
Jules Estrin, Musical Director
Now in its eighth year, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band provides an opportunity for exceptional middle and secondary school students to hone their skills and interact in a diverse, professional setting.
The band rehearses each Saturday at the JAZZ.FM91 studios in Liberty Village (King and Dufferin). The students receive regular workshops on improvisation, ensemble playing and jazz techniques from some of the foremost Canadian music educators and musicians.
JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band performs extensively throughtout the year. Apprearances include the TD Toronto International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Sound of Jazz Concert Series, The Rex Hotel, Lula Lounge, OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Conference), Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival, Jazz Lives, and various festivals in Southern Ontario.
Over the years the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band has performed with legendary jazz figures such as Joey DeFrancesco, PJ Perry, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, and Lew Tabackin, and recently opened for Al Jarreau at the Branford International Jazz Festival. They have also appeared with Canadian guests including Shirantha Beddage, Kelly Jefferson, Alistair Kay, Brian O’Kane, PJ Perry, Sundar Viswanathan, and Ron Westray.
They have also shared the stage with the Thelma Yellin Big Band (Tel Aviv, Israel), Jazz Ensemble I (Montreal, PQ), Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (Monterey, CA), University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and York University Jazz Orchestra.
Alumni from the group have gone onto further their studies at the Berklee College of Music, Brubeck Institute, Humber College, McGill University, New England Conservatory, University of Toronto, and McGill University.