The 2014 Live recording of Chrono-suite's debut performance.
The Symphony Orchestra, and sub-groups thereof, are the most common choice of ensemble for the writing of film music and other programmatic works. This may well be due to the instrumentation on offer, and the variety of timbres those instruments can create.
With Chrono-suite, I attempt to find out whether the same can be applied to jazz ensembles. Are they just as successful in the portrayal of emotions, or is there a reason why the Orchestra dominates the film music scene?
Each piece within the suite is portraying a section of 24 hours of a day, starting at dawn, and coming full circle by the end of the suite, the intention being that the suite can be performed seamlessly on a constant loop. There are many subtle techniques and ideas relating to the scenes throughout the suite that may be missed on first listen, so be sure to listen out for them!
Differing musical styles, instrumentation and playing techniques are used to evoke the scenes that these pieces are based upon. Taking influence from traditional film music writing and non-programmatic jazz writing, the intention is to create a similar experience to that of a cinemagoer, but in a concert-based environment.
released 27 September 2014
Written by Sam Johnson
Produced by Sam Johnson
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