Concerts Main Stage / Artist in Residence: Tyshawn Sorey / Commissioned works

Tyshawn Sorey / Ingrid & Christine Jensen with Ben Monder: Infinitude / John Beasley’s MONK’estra

Tyshawn Sorey, Christine & Ingrid Jensen, John Beasley’s MONK’estra

Tyshawn Sorey, Christine & Ingrid Jensen, John Beasley’s MONK’estra

© John Rogers, Mathieu Rivard, John Beasley

Past Dates

To conclude Tyshawn Sorey’s stay as artist in residence at the 2017 Jazzfest Berlin, he leads a group of Berlin-based musicians in a piece making use of his own adaptation of the techniques for organising large-scale improvisation pioneered by Anthony Braxton and the late Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, known as “Conduction”. It was Morris, Sorey told David R. Adler of “Jazz Times” last year, who “made me learn something about myself: that I should be able to make music with almost anybody, at any time, and it shouldn’t really matter the level of the musician or the style or tradition they come from. What that told me was that if there were children up there, I should be able to make good music with them.”

Commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin.
With thanks to Gregor Hotz for his support assembling the ensemble

Following in the footsteps of Gil Evans, Oscar Peterson, Paul Bley, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Wheeler and Diana Krall, the Jensen sisters of British Columbia are Canada’s latest gift to the jazz world. Their recent album, “Infinitude”, finds them leading a quintet featuring the American guitarist Ben Monder through a programme of graceful and exquisitely textured original compositions. Ingrid Jensen, born in 1966, is a graduate of Berklee College in Boston. She leads her own groups of various sizes and is a mainstay of the big bands of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. Her sister Christine, four years younger, plays saxophones and studied at McGill University in Montreal. She leads her own big band and has composed for the hr-Bigband in Frankfurt and the UMO Jazz Orchestra in Finland. Monder, born in New York City in 1962, has recorded with Guillermo Klein, Jim Black, Paul Motian, Theo Bleckmann and others, and played on “Blackstar”, David Bowie’s final album. His own most recent album, “Amorphae”, was released in 2016.

Celebrations of the centenary of Thelonious Monk, who was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on October 10, 1917, have been going on all year, reminding us that, 35 years after his death, Monk’s spirit continues to pervade jazz, inspiring new generations of musicians to explore and stretch the existing boundaries, as he once did. To bring this year’s festival to a climax in an acknowledgement of the past, the present and particularly the future of the music, the composer and arranger John Beasley performs with his MONK’estra. This large ensemble is dedicated to taking a fresh look at such famous compositions as “Round Midnight” and “Epistrophy”, refracting them through the lens of a contemporary sensibility. Earlier this year John Beasley was nominated for two Grammy awards, and the American critic Don Heckman described Beasley’s project as producing “some of the most mesmerising bigband music of recent memory”. Tonight they perform for the first time with a special guest, Till Brönner.

Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey conductor
Uli Kempendorff saxophone, clarinet
Nikolaus Neuser trumpet
Anke Lucks trombone
Orlando de Boeykens tuba
Julia Reidy guitars
Anaïs Tuerlinckx piano
Kathrin Pechlof harp
Hannes Lingens accordion
Colin Hacklander drums, percussion
Els Vandeweyer vibraphone, percussion
Ravi Srinivasan tabla, ghatam, percussion
Biliana Voutchkova violin
Grégoire Simon viola
Ulrike Brand cello
Adam Pultz Melbye double bass
Korhan Erel electronics
Farahnaz Hatam electronics
Alex Nowitz voice
Alireza Mehdizadeh kamancheh
Niko Meinhold guzheng

Ingrid & Christine Jensen with Ben Monder: Infinitude
Ingrid Jensen trumpet
Christine Jensen saxophones
Ben Monder guitar
Fraser Hollins double bass
Jon Wikan drums

John Beasley’s MONK’estra
John Beasley conductor, arranger, piano
Rashawn Ross trumpet
Till Brönner trumpet
Lars Lindgren trumpet
Christian Grabandt trumpet
Francisco Torres trombone
Sören Fischer trombone
Johannes Lauer trombone
Bob Sheppard saxophone
Greg Tardy saxophone
Joris Roelofs saxophone
Magnus Lindgren saxophone
Florian Leuschner saxophone
Ben Shepherd double bass
Terreon Gully drums

Ingrid & Christine Jensen with Ben Monder

John Beasley’s MONK’estra