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Felipe Salles

Fridat 12 November 5 pm CET

The New Immigrant Experience: The Creation of a Multi-Media Jazz Work

Social justice themes have always been part of the creative process for jazz musicians. Following in the tradition of Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige, John Coltrane’s Alabama, and Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, The New Immigrant Experience highlights the plight of undocumented immigrants protected by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), also known as the Dreamers. This immersive, concert-length multimedia work interweaves pre-recorded video interview excerpts into a large jazz ensemble live performance.

This lecture will focus on the creative process behind The New Immigrant Experience, from conducting the video interviews, identifying and creating the musical themes, and transcribing the speech patterns of the Dreamers, to designing the overall concepts for the video and live music aspects of the piece. Musical examples and their connection with the video excerpts will be analyzed and discussed during this talk.

You can listen to the full work here, as well as watch the full DVD:

Felipe Salles
2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in Music Composition
Selmer/Yanagisawa Endorsing Artist
D’Addario Woodwinds Reeds Performing Artist/Clinician

Professor of Jazz Studies, Saxophone, Jazz Composition and Arranging.
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The New Immigrant Experience EPK


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