J D Parran, Director 
The Music of Julius Hemphill and Marty Ehrlich
With guest clarinetist/composer Marty Ehrlich 

Wednesday' June 13, 2018 8:00 p.m. 

2018 marks the 6th year of Dance Clarinets at Greenwich House. The ensemble (which also includes GHMS students) performs big band jazz orchestra music substituting saxophones and brass with all clarinets from soprano to contra bass.

Clarinet: Lee Odom, Zisl Slepovitch, Matt Maley, Randolph Murphy, Isaiah Richarson Jr., Don Payne Bass Clarinet: Sean King, Don Slatoff, Paul Austerlitz, Richard Cohen, Michael Lytle Contra Alto Clarinet: Ivan Barenboim Contra Bass Clarinet: Frank Vacin Alto Clarinet: J D Parran Piano: Alexi Marcelo Drums: Andrew Drury Bass: Bryce Sebastien

JULIUS ARTHUR HEMPHILL (1938-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in the same musical community as his cousin Ornette Coleman. Hemphill moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1966. Hemphill was a founding member in 1968 of an interdisciplinary artist collective called the Black Artist Group (BAG). He formed Mbari Records, recording Dogon A.D, a recording that is considered one of the seminal works of its decade. He composed the music for The African Continuum, the first evening length musical work performed at St. Louis' Powell Symphony Hall by an African-American composer. In 1976 Julius co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet with Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake and David Murray in New York City. This ensemble toured and recorded internationally for more than a decade. In 1989, he formed The Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet. The Sextet was first featured in Hemphill's Long Tongues: A Saxophone Opera, which was presented in Washington D.C., Boston, and at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. The Sextet would also perform Hemphill's music extensively over the next two years with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in The Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land. In 1992 Hemphill composed One Atmosphere for pianist Ursula Oppens and the Arditti Quartet.  

MARTY EHRLICH is celebrating 40 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. He began his musical career in St. Louis, Missouri. He has made thirty recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz orchestra. In 2013 New World Records released "A Trumpet in the Morning", a Jazz orchestra recording of 5 long-form compositions by Ehrlich. As a multi-instrumentalist passionate about improvisation and interpretation, Marty has performed with a who’s who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Myra Melford, James Newton, Bobby Previte, David Schiff, Wadada Leo Smith, and John Zorn. He appears on more than 100 recordings with these and other composers. He also performed on Big Band, Julius' Jazz Orchestra recording on Nonesuch along with J.D. Parran and other artists from the Midwest. An ongoing project Mr. Ehrlich offers a concert program for twelve musicians entitled “Julius Hemphill: A Composer Portrait.” He is currently involved in organizing and cataloguing the Julius Hemphill Archive. The archive will be housed at the Bobst Library at New York University. He is also continuing his work creating edited editions of Hemphill's compositions that are published through Subito Music, publisher of Hemphill's composition catalog. 

 His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University, “Clarinetist of the Year” from the Jazz Journalist Association, and a Distinguished Alumni award from NEC. He is currently Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College.

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