The Felipe Salles interconnections ensemble:

The Felipe Salles' Interconnections Ensemble brings together modern large jazz ensemble writing, contemporary classical textures and Latin American rhythmic influences in a unique way.

VIDEO #1 - Composition Lesson #1

VIDEO #2 - Composition Lesson #2

VIDEO #3 Lullaby #2 - Live at Ryles

VIDEO #4 Lullaby #3 - Live at Ryles

VIDEO #5 Lullaby #4 - Live at Ryles

VIDEO #6 Lullaby #5 - Live at Ryles

All music composed and arranged by Felipe Salles

The Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble is:

Saxes/Woodwinds

Richard Garcia, alto sax/flute
Jonathan Ball, alto sax/flute
Mike Caudill, tenor sax/clarinet
Jacob Shulman, tenor sax/clarinet
Tyler Burchfield, bari sax/bass clarinet

Trumpets

Jeff Holmes
Yuta Yamaguchi
Eric Smith      
Doug Olsen

Trombones:

Joel Yennior
Clayton DeWalt
Randy Pingrey
Angel Subero

Rhythm Section:

Piano: Nando Michelin
Guitar: Kevin Grudecki
Vibes: Ryan Fedak
Bass: Keala Kaumeheiwa
Drums: Bertram Lehmann

The Lullaby Project (in the process of being recorded as part of our first album)

The Lullaby Project is a large set of works for jazz orchestra (5 movements), which draws its inspiration from melodic fragments originating in traditional Brazilian lullabies. These melodies have their origin in Portugal and Africa, and have been sung by mothers and fathers to their children for centuries. The simple melodies are memorable and bright, but the lyrics can be quite dark and haunting. 

The Lullaby Project’s objective is to create a musical commentary on the dark underlying qualities of these songs, as well as, through musical deconstruction, illustrate the social transformation these pieces have undergone, and the impact they have had on generations of Brazilian children. My mother sang me these songs as a child in Brazil, as I have since sung them to my own children. These lullabies have had a major musical impact on generations of Brazilians. They represent both the tradition and globalization of those who, like me, have immigrated to another country and built families elsewhere, yet still identify with Brazilian language and culture.

Having chosen to express those qualities through instrumental music, I believe that the motivic development and the use of different harmonic and instrumental texture can create a strong aural image in the listener’s mind. The melodies are slowly revealed and the musical context creates a sense of evolutionary inevitability, where it is possible for traditional and contemporary musical elements to meet and co-exist.


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