Jazz Concert at UIUC

September 14, 2019, 9:14 PM · A real quick post, it’s intermission at my first concert at the Krannert Center at UIUC! I went to see Chris Botti, a famous jazz trumpet player, perform! I can’t say I have a lot of experience with this kind of jazz, but I’ve enjoyed the show so far (and picked out a few Ravel licks). A violinist came for the show to open it with some slow tunes, and she was really remarkable! (Anastasiia Mazurok) I loved how her vibrato and tone could match that of the trumpet - all the instruments were on mics which helped her match the volume of the other instruments at line level (as I’m learning about in my electroacoustic music class). I loved his analogies to hotel music, and of course mentioning the greats, like Frank Sinatra and playing in different jazz orchestras in the “50s and “60s. It’s great to experience all this music I probably wouldn’t seek out on my own, and a jazz concert has been a great way to start in my concert listening at Urbana-Chanpaign!

Update: In the second half of the concert, she came back and played the finale from Yasÿe’s Second Violin Sonata (the one I was learning last year!) and then transitioned into Kashmir with the full band! Pretty fun.

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