Zucker, Laurel: Night in Quito-Music for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio

Zucker, Laurel SKU: 24529631
Zucker, Laurel: Night in Quito-Music for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio

Zucker, Laurel: Night in Quito-Music for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio

Zucker, Laurel SKU: 24529631

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Title: Night in Quito-Music for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio
Artist: Zucker, Laurel
Label: CD Baby
UPC: 757166604725
Genre: Jazz

Program Notes by Laurel Zucker A Night In Quito was composed in 2010 in Equador while on route to the Napo Lodge on the banks of the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon River. Quito is a big Latin American City with a large indigenas population along side a contemporary-looking population. Quichua speaking women in colorful traditional clothing, with their babies held in a blanket high on their backs, walk the streets. Desperate boys selling goods and shining shoes in ragged clothing never let you forget that this is a city of many impoverished people who live next to wealthy Equadorians. A small museum of Indigenas art, a small music shop with hundreds of wooden flutes of all sizes on a noisy cobble-stoned street, a small quiet square in the busy city with only small birds fluttering about, are a few images that inspired my composition. Elle Valle (Panama) is quiet country place inside of Panama. I was staying in a lodge with my friend, Becky, and several great Canadians spending a few days laughing and watching many colorful birds at the feeders. Banaquit, Green Honeycreepers, Blue Dacnis, Flame-throated Warblers, Yellow-crowned Euphonias, Emerald Tanagers, Yellow-faced Grassquits, Blue-black Grosbeak, Slate-colored Seedeaters, Scarlet-rumped Cacique were all singing and competitively vying for food at the feeders which were filled with all kinds of colorful fruits. When we walked around we saw sloths, that look so human, high up in trees sleeping. My relaxing composition mirrors so many images I heard and saw in Panama. Monk's Funk was inspired by Theolonius Monk's great jazz tunes. After playing many of Theolonius Monk's tunes in a Sacramento coffee house with The Third Floor Jazz Club, I composed my piece thinking of the interesting intervals, short melodic themes and rhythmic style in which Monk composed. Strawberry Jump was composed after playing many jazz classics named after fruits like Watermelon Man and Cantalope Island. I noticed that these tunes all had a sugar-coated sound so I composed my own fruit-like piece. In the middle of my composition Jim Martinez plays an amazing jump style piano solo! Belizean Winter was originally composed with a high-energy electronic latin percussion sound to it. When we rehearsed together my composition morphed into a very different sounding piece than I expected. I composed this piece while in a town called Chan Chich in the remote jungle of Belize. We took a small plane from Belize City and then drove to Chan Chich. A few days after we arrived there was a huge flood that came from hurricanes in Mexico and Honduras. The bridge that connected us to our car and plane washed out so we were watching the waters get higher and higher waiting for the floods to take over Chan Chich. Curiously the sun was shining hot and no rain fell the entire time we were there. We had a great time and I will be returning to play flute concerts there this November 2010. *Kim Davis,flutist, played 2nd flute on Belizian Winter. Laurel Zucker-Virtuoso Flutist Laurel Zucker, flautist is described by Gramophone Magazine 2003 "as polished and gratifying as Rampal and Galway. Zucker's interpretations are splendid all round. Her tone is airy and sweet, her virtuosity graceful...."intelligent, naturally phrased and highly musical with a rich sound beyond reproach." In the 2003 book, Inspirational Stories from the World's Best Flute Players, Laurel Zucker is featured along with Paula Robison, Herbie Mann, Ian Andersen, Julius Baker. Fanfare Magazine refers to Ms. Zucker "as a forceful advocate for 20th century music," and when she was awarded the Aaron Copland Fund for Music from the American Music Center to record the 1998 Take a Walk on the Wilder Side-CD, Fanfare Magazine stated "this disc fills an important niche in American Music and flute literature." With 47 CD releases now available on Cantilena Records, Ms. Zucker is heard regularly on classical radio stations. As an active chamber artist she has performed with the Marlboro Festival & Tour, Music Fest of Arizona, Music in the Mountain etc...Ms. Zucker received THE BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2006 AWARD from JPF Awards. In 2000 Year of the Rome Aureole Jubilee, hosted by the city of Rome and the Pope, 3 Cantilena Records CDs featuring Ms. Zucker were played non-stop for over 6 months throughout the largest Convention Center in Rome, Italy & featured on a UCLA Documentary on the Santa Maria Maggiora Chapel of Rome. As Professor of Flute at California State Univ., Sacramento since 1988, Ms. Zucker received 1998 President's Award for Creative & Scholarly Research, 1998 & 2000 Creative Research Awards, & 1989 Professional Promise Award. In 1978 she won Artists International Competition & gave her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. Ms. Zucker graduated from Juilliard where she studied with Samuel Baron. Her compositions are published by Clear Note Publ., Bourne Music Co., & Lyra Music. The composer and flutist is Laurel Zucker; the pianist is Jim Martinez, the bassist is Paul Klempau, the drummer is David Rokeach. Leslie Ann Jones is the engineer for this recording at Skywalker Studios. Paul Stubblebine mastered the CD. A very special thank you to Kim Davis. Thank you to Rebecca Houseman, my constant traveling companion in South and Central America. The cover art is titled Streets of Quito / Calles de Quito, by the Equadorian photographer, Chaulafanita. Celeste Rusconi created the graphic design on the CD. Laurel Zucker and Kim Davis play on Brannen Flutes. 1 A Night in Quito by Laurel Zucker (2010)..........3:37 2 Elle Valle (Panama) by Laurel Zucker (2009).....5:26 3 Monks Funk by Laurel Zucker (2010)................4:18 4 Strawberry Jump by Laurel Zucker (2010)........3:37 5 Belizian Winter by Laurel Zucker (2009)...........2:07 Total Time: 19:24 Cantilena Records © 2010 Cantilena Digital Recording Printed in the U.S.A. DDD ©2010 All Rights Reserved by Laurel Zucker & Cantilena Records Recorded at Skywalker Studio in Marin county, California April 2010 Produced by Leslie Ann Jones Mastered by Paul Stubblebine May 2010 All Compositions written and owned by Laurel Zucker in 2009-2010. Laurel Zucker plays Brannen Flutes Dedicated to Rebecca Houseman, my constant travel companion Cover image Streets of Quito / Calles de Quito, by Chaulafanita.

1.1 A Night in Quito
1.2 Elle Valle (Panama)
1.3 Monks Funk
1.4 Strawberry Jump
1.5 Belizian Winter

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