Coming up on Saturday, May 18th I will be conducting the Upstream Orchestra at the International Festival de Musique Actuel in Victoriaville, Quebec. This performance includes two works by the great contemporary jazz orchestra composer Paul Cram, his piece “Convoy” and the world premiere of “The Magic Order”.
This will be the second time I have had the wonderful opportunity to conduct this incredible group of improvising musicians. In January of 2012, I had a chance to conduct the wonderful, vibrant and intense Witch Gong Game 11-10 by the British composer Barry Guy, which will be repeated in the performance on May 18th.
Witch Gong Game is based on a painting of the same name by the British painter Alan Davies. The 20 piece Upstream Orchestra performed at the 2012 Open Water’s Festival. Have a look at the video of the performance – it was an incredible ride! You can also read a review by Bill Shoemaker here.