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Fairbanks’ Follow-ups, Fund-awards, ‘Formances, Photos (for February)

Street Beat poses with the hosts of Televen TV network's
Dear Friends,

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.

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.

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

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


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.


Jeff Fairbanks
Composer, Performer, Bandleader
Project Hansori, Street Beat Brass

Interview with Independent Music Awards

IMA logo bigMy recent interview with the Independent Music Awards just went live on the IMA site.  They asked for my thoughts on a wide range of subjects, so you’ll definitely learn something new about me.  If you’re a new reader, this follows my recent selection as a an IMA nominee.  Read the interview here.
…Of course, when you visit our page, Project Hansori needs your vote for our IMA-nominated song, Bi Bim Bop, nominated in the Jazz Song category.  Along with an industry panel-determined Winner, fans choose their own Vox Pop Winners via voting.  Polls close July 19th, so vote now!  Note: Once you register, you must vote on this page, rather than on my profile page (the one with my interview and big picture).  Thank you!

Grant, Great Gig, Grace, Gratitude: January/Winter 2013

SAMSUNG CSCDear Friends,

Happy New Year and a thank you for your continued interest in my music.  2013 is full of promise with both ongoing and new opportunities detailed below: the Composers Now Festival, my commission to compose for the Airmen of Note, and a grant award to fund an exciting new project. You’ll also find links to my recent interviews on WICB radio and Exploring the Metropolis, plus a short recap of the high points of 2012.  Pictured above, I share a break with Chang JaeHyo (at left), during an October rehearsal with his Sonagi

Sunday, February 17 at 5pm at Flushing Town Hall: 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354 map.  Free.   In a first for me, my upcoming lecture offers my closest audience interaction to date. Part of the Composers Now Festival, this event will be a great
chance to meet any local readers (you!) and to open a window into what I actually do between newsletters!  Here’s a blurb about it:
Composer-in-Residence Lecture: Composing on Korean Wind Instruments
I’d like to invite you to a presentation I’m giving at Flushing Town Hall on Sunday, February 17 at 5pm. During the Fall I served as composer-in-residence at this venue, in an opportunity funded by Con Edison and administered by Exploring the Metropolis. To
culminate this residency, I will give a talk about my unique choice to compose during this time solely upon Korean wind instruments, the piri and taepyeongso — including teaching myself to play them. I will talk about this composing method, my findings, and briefly
demonstrate the work in progress on these instruments.
Many of you know me to date as a composer and trombonist. So I’m excited to share this new instrumental path and deeper study of Korean music that I’ve begun; a path I intend to continue long after the residency. I believe those of you who will be in the area on 2/17
will have a unique interest in attending. See event details and links below.

The Queens Council on the Arts has awarded my proposal for a new project I’m calling New Sounds of East and West. It’s still being  developed and I don’t have many details to share yet, but here is a little more info in my recent blog post:


Listen to my recent interview with WICB 91.7FM Jazz Impressions, where we spoke about the cultural background to Mulberry Street and some recent happenings:



A new international review! The Italian critic Maurizio Comandini reviewed Mulberry Street recently for All About Jazz Italia.  My link  includes the English translation and a link to the original article.

exploring_the_metropolis_logoETM INTERVIEW
Read my extensive interview published by Exploring the Metropolis, the organization that administered my composer residency funded by Con Edison:

What an eventful year 2012 was for me, both personally and professionally. My dental
implant procedure is now complete, ‘capping’ a 15-month journey since my career-altering injury. But truly teaching me about healing is my two year old son Kyle, whose miraculous recovery and progress since his traumatic fall in May has made my family is intensely grateful. (Pictured bottom-to-top are Kyle, his mom Choi, brother Teo, and Daddy — after Kyle’s return home in July from two months in the hospital).  Looking back, I thank God for this miracle, as well as for opening professional doors during the year. I find it important to reflect, appreciate, and share highlights of these opportunities here:
…launching and performing with Street Beat in Spring and Fall including being pictured in the NY Times, the alliance of Project Hansori and Soh Daiko at the Locating the Sacred Festival, the Sammy Nestico Award and performance with the USAF Airmen of Note, performance at the All Nite Soul Festival, my first radio interview, an extensive interview with Exploring the Metropolis, an ASCAP Plus Award, a thrilling collaboration with Sonagi Project, the Con Edison Composer Residency, the premiere of Cumberland Gap commissioned by West Point Band’s Jazz Knights, the premiere of Sanjo for Violin and Piano commissioned by JongEun Lee, and new international praise for my 2011 album Mulberry Street.

Best of health, happiness, and musical experiences to you in 2013.

Thank you,

Jeff Fairbanks
Composer, Performer, Bandleader