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Alan Blackman Jazz: “The Coastal Suite”

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Alan Blackman has created an evocative multi-media piece that explores a 24-hour tidal cycle from pre-dawn through the night at a remote ocean beach. Highly programmatic, “The Coastal Suite” conjures the sound-universe of the seashore, as the musicians create nautical sounds through extended techniques, expanding the vocabulary of their instruments’ sonic capabilities. Augmenting Blackman’s regular Baltimore-based trio of bassist Max Murray and drummer Frank Russo are Canadian saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato.

“The Coastal Suite” stands as a significant achievement in the notable career of composer-pianist Alan Blackman https://www.alanblackmanmusic.com/. A New Jazz Works commission by Chamber Music America with funding awarded by the Doris Duke Foundation, the full-length multi-media work was premiered live in Baltimore and New York and featured on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Performances of “The Coastal Suite” have met with widespread acclaim by audiences and jazz pundits alike. “It’s poetry in slow motion, words translated into sound…” said All About Jazz.com. “There is something here, a beauty, that is captivating,” said renowned jazz artist Joe Locke. “An absolutely gorgeous album, which communicates its waterside vision with stunning resonance.” said Dave Sumner from the Bird is the Worm.com.

“The Coastal Suite” is performed with projected images of gorgeous abstract seascape paintings by the renowned Shetland Islands artist Ruth Brownlee http://www.ruthbrownlee.co.uk/. With equal parts written and improvised, Blackman’s long-form suite features 17 continuous numbers, with titles such as “Before Dawn,” “Eddies and Pools,” “Driftwood,” “Steps in the Sand,” and “Fractured Moonlight.” In their improvisations, the musicians constantly react and respond to the changing images, as the paintings inspire them to sonically reproduce the environment that the projected images evoke.


May 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Strand Center for the Arts
23 Brinkerhoff St
Plattsburgh, 12901
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