Featuring vocalist Carolyn Leonhart
The Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra is a 19 piece ensemble comprised of some of NYC’s most illustrious and adventurous improvisers, interpreting the music and arrangements of Joshua Shneider. Melodic, grooving, searching and harmonically inventive, the music draws inspiration from Jazz, R&B, Classical, Latin and American Pop elements. Tonight’s concert will feature the premiere of a new piece by Shneider entitled “Madness and Joy,” a meditation on the relationship between the essential familiar and the unknown. The program will also include material from a new CD to be released this Spring which features vocalist Lucy Woodward and guitarist Dave Stryker. Acclaimed vocalist Carolyn Leonhart will join The Love Speaks Orchestra for this performance. Leonhart, a Sunnyside recording artist, is also a session singer and veteran of tours with Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, and many others.
John O’Gallagher, Matthew Willis, Dan Pratt, Quinsin Nachoff, Frank Basile – saxophones
Matthew McDonald, Noah Bless, John Yao, Max Seigel – trombones
Jeff Wilfore, David Smith, Andy Gravish, Alexander Pope Norris – trumpets
Eric Halvorson – drums
Evan Gregor – bass
Bennett Paster – piano
Joe Cardello – percussion
This event is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Composer and Saxophonist Joshua Shneider has enjoyed a career that has included writing for and playing with some of the most inspiring and inspired artists of our time. He has had his compositions and arrangements performed and/or recorded by Donald Brown, James Williams, Bill Pierce, John Abercrombie, George Bohanon, Howard Johnson, John McNeil, Mark Feldman, Christian Howes, Lucy Woodward, The Bill Mobley Jazz Orchestra, The BMI Jazz Orchestra and many others. He is the leader of The Joshua Shneider Easy-Bake Orchestra, a 17 piece ensemble performing his original compositions and arrangements. He has collaborated on music for the theater with playwrights Eve Ensler and Rosemary Moore. He is a founding member of Pulse, a chamber ensemble of composers and performers dedicated to presenting contemporary music without boundaries.