Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Students Compose and Play a Jazz Fusion Piece at Convocation

During the second half of the semester of our "Session & Mixdown" class, the students agreed that they wanted to compose and record a piece of music as a class. We quickly learned that this can be quite a challenge with so many people and different ideas involved. It didn't take long, however, for an idea to take form. Based on a theme composed by pianist Ashton Boyd, the song formed into a jazz fusion piece. Bassist Tyler Dworak titled the piece "Out There", and helped to shape the story of an astronaut lost in outer space.

As the recording progressed over several weeks, the group then had the idea to perform the piece during the final convocation of the semester. Although we knew that it would be a short timeframe to pull together the live performance, they took on the challenge and made it happen!

The studio recording is soon to come. Here's a recording of the convocation performance: