Jeff Fairbanks here, with a short, overdue newsletter hinting at some long stories – with new pics and videos to help tell them. Thanks for your continued interest in my music. You’ll notice a new letterhead above, “Street Beat/ Project Hansori/ Jeff Fairbanks”. This hopefully reflects my multiple (and very different) musical projects, while streamlining with reverbnation.com’s musician profile layout.
STREET BEAT BRASS VENEZUELA TOUR RECAP:
January 14-21, 2015 Street Beat Brass toured Venezuela at the invitation of the US Embassy to that country. I was joined by band mates Jason Wiseman, Mike Webster, James Rogers, and Vin Scialla. We gave performances including at Simon Bolivar University, El Hatillo town square, and live on the Televen network TV show “Vitrina” (we are pictured above posing with the show’s hosts). We also gave a masterclass with students of El Sistema, the internationally-renowned public music education program that groomed LA Philharmonic conductor prodigy Gustavo Dudamel. We interacted with the Jazz big band at Simon Bolivar University. Since our return, we got to reunite with the latter band and catch a couple concerts during its tour of NYC. Besides all this, we had much interaction with regular Venezuelan people, who proved to be very warm and welcoming. After some concerts, there were long lines of people waiting for autographs and photo ops, who would thank us in English. Needless to say the trip was very successful and rewarding.
NEW PICS AND VIDEOS:
Photos (from the tour):
Videos (from the tour):
http://youtu.be/AZ-SwZyNito?list=PLtkT1Y3rV866NOybLA9Lu1U4IbrIWlJYz. (More to come so check back in).
New videos (SBB live in NYC): http://youtu.be/G2xKay2smZo?list=PLtkT1Y3rV866NOybLA9Lu1U4IbrIWlJYz
UPCOMING PUBLIC SHOWS:
Street Beat – Sunday March 15 @8pm at The Penrose
1590 2nd Ave New York, NY
Street Beat – Friday April 10 @11:59pm at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
196 Allen St New York, NY
I am thrilled to have received a JFund (Jerome Fund for New Music) Award from the American Composers Forum. Over the next several years I will compose a piece for a combination of Korean instruments that will feature multi-instrumentalist Gamin (http://gamin-music.com/), with whom I’ve had the privilege of collaborating and of studying Korean wind instruments over several years. I anticipate the eventual premier to happen in South Korea at a venue TBD. Read the announcement from ACF here: http://composersforum.org/press/acf-announces-2014-jerome-fund-new-music-recipients
SHOWS SINCE LAST NEWSLETTER (October!):
Project Hansori, my Jazz big band gave a powerful performance at the 4th annual Sounds of Arts Festival presented by Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE), on 11/19/14 (pictured above). All the other goings-on including Street Beat’s recent tour have prevented me from even posting pictures from that concert!
Street Beat Brass played at Choga restaurant/ night spot in Greenwich Village on 12/12/14 and 1/6/15. We also played a high-energy show for a packed house at Rockwood Music Hall on 1/2/15. I’m posting more videos as they come in. For now, check out the ones I’ve already posted (linked above as well): http://youtu.be/G2xKay2smZo?list=PLtkT1Y3rV866NOybLA9Lu1U4IbrIWlJYz. Also, SBB also had a last-minute appearance this past Friday at the LREI school in the Village. Sorry this newletter couldn’t get out in time!
I’m so glad to have your interest and support. Greater NYC residents, please do say Hi at an upcoming show if you’re free.