On December 1st, Giving Tuesday,at 7 pm PST Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble hosts a free online event to support its unique blend of collaborative, community-oriented jazz programs.
Loosely patterned after competitive cooking shows like Iron Chef and the Great British Baking Show, the PJCE version challenges three Portland jazz composers—Kathleen Hollingsworth, Jasnam Daya Singh, and Machado Mijiga—to create new music inspired by a musical “ingredient” that we’re sure will resonate with our audience during quarantine: Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Each entry will be awarded an honorary title—like a high school yearbook’s “most likely to…”—by a panel of Portland jazz community luminaries. Fans can attend the performance at no cost at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/pjce-cookoff or on PJCE’s Facebook or YouTube channels.
Plan on a light-hearted event that pokes fun at how the pandemic has kept us all at home a lot more these days. In addition to the three pre-recorded “musical bake-off” performances, PJCE will share plans for the organization’s evolution to meet the serious challenges of a post-covid Portland and highlights of its new strategic plan. PJCE’s sights are set on growth and inclusivity, and the organization is excited to unveil that vision at this event. Celebrity panelists and the Composers Cookoff MC will be announced via PJCE’s social media and email channels, stay tuned for all the details!
Online event information:
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 7:00 pm PST.
Streaming live at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/pjce-cookoff
Also streaming on our Facebook and Youtube pages.
This event is free. No ticket or registration required.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PJCE has shifted from presenting quarterly concerts with its signature 12-member jazz ensemble to monthly online events featuring small groups of musicians performing in socially distanced, pre-recorded videos with coordinated audio releases on PJCE Records. The new PJCE strategic plan will provide more support for an inclusive community of jazz composers working with their own small groups in local Portland venues, and build a larger, more diverse audience to support the incredible musicians right here in Portland’s community. The PJCElarge ensemble will resume public performances as soon as health and safety conditions allow. The large ensemble’s return to activity will include a new focus on providing expanded platforms for projects that began in the“incubator” of the small group program.
PJCE hopes the new focus will provide a runway for all local jazz artists, from students to established masters, to reach a larger audience, and for jazz as an expression of Portland’s unique cultural environment to blossom even more brightly than before the pandemic.
About the Composers:
Portland-based musician Kathleen Hollingsworth has been performing and writing music for most of her life. A childhood steeped in singing led her to study piano and composition. Highly active in the northwest as a choral educator, adjudicator, director, and leader of the band Mad Love, Kathleen is a recipient of the Downbeat Award and is also a commissioned writer for the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and the Jazz Educator Network. She is a professional vocalist for OCP and Resonance Ensemble and is the Founder/Director of the Music Performance and Technology degree at Clackamas Community College in Portland, OR. She has worked with many musical giants including Danilo Perez, Fareed Haque, Phil Mattson, Martin Bejerano, Terence Blanchard, Rhiannon, Billy Martin, and John Medeski. https://www.mad-love.net/
Jasnam Daya Singh, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1962, has spent all ofhis musical life researching different types of sounds, ultimately dedicating most of his endeavors to uniting elements of classical, jazz, and Brazilian music. In Brazil, he advanced his craft as a concert pianist as well as a composer, writing mostly piano and chamber music works. Singh has recorded and performed with great luminaries such as Paul McCandless, Ali Ryerson, Kenny Stahl, Claudia Villela, Charles Loos, Marcia Maria, Alex Acuna, and Alphonso Johnson. Singh has released several albums including Children of the Wind Spring Will Stay Here. At the end of 2005, Daya Singh was commissioned by the Carmel Bach Festival to write his Jazz Concertino for Piano and String Orchestra which premiered on July 9th of 2006 in Monterey,California, and has since been performed by the Portland Chamber Orchestra and Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble.
Multi-instrumentalist and Portland-born Machado Mijiga wears many hats, both literally and metaphorically. Classically-trained, jazz-weathered, and eclectically inclined, Mijiga left the proverbial creative "box" at a very early age, with access to many instruments and a diverse musical background brought about by an intercultural heritage. Mijiga is a musical polymath; composer, producer,bandleader, educator, gear fanatic, and audio engineer, to name a few. Authenticity and uniquity assume the locus of Mijiga's artistic identity.Self-expression is the prime directive, and the medium of choice changes like the weather.
Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create original jazz music that engages and supports our community’s diverse artists, cultures, and place. In operation since 2008, PJCE is the only organization dedicated to commissioning and performing original music by Portland musicians, building a broad audience through unique,collaborative, and community-oriented programming that builds bridges between communities in this vibrant city. Learn more at http://pjce.org.