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World-class pianist Kenny Werner plays his original compositions with the Clasijazz Big Band. We just had to make an album of that.
World-class pianist Kenny Werner plays his original compositions with the Clasijazz Big Band. We just had to make an album of that.
World-class pianist Kenny Werner plays his original compositions with the Clasijazz Big Band. We just had to make an album of that.
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Kenny Werner's Symphony in the Clouds

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This campaign is available in English and Spanish. Texto en ESPAÑOL más abajo.

Cover art by Manuel Rubio
Cover art by Manuel Rubio

The album

Clasijazz Big Band is honoured to announce the recording of an album and a live concert with american jazz hero Kenny Werner. If you are into jazz there really is little we can tell you about Mr. Werner, a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the globe after over forty years in the business. We are deeply grateful to have such a talented creator by our side in this adventure.

Symphony in the Clouds is our first album recorded in studio and will include Kenny Werner's original compositions for Big Band and one specific piece dedicated to Clasijazzwhich we are tremendously eager to listen to. Kenny and the Clasijazz Big Band will present the album in a live show on March 19 at the Maestro Padilla Hall (Almería), tickets for the event are available.

In Clasijazz we really believe in visual and design importance so this time specially we intend to deliver a beautifully crafted album that feels right in your hands. 

This album is also a declaration to remaining an independent organization, maintaining the creative freedom that this brings. Clasijazz has been one of the most rewarding experiences that any member of the team involved in the project has had. And we are willing to take future challenges in boldness and readiness. We are ready to achieve the impossible. Thank you trusting us.

The album will be recorded at the Valparaíso Foundation (Mojácar, Almería). // El álbum será grabado en la Fundación Valparaíso.
The album will be recorded at the Valparaíso Foundation (Mojácar, Almería). // El álbum será grabado en la Fundación Valparaíso.

Acerca del álbum

La Clasijazz Big Band tiene el honor de anunciar la grabación de su primer disco de estudio con el heróe del jazz americano Kenny Werner. Si te gusta el jazz entonces hay muy poco que podamos contarte sobre Kenny, un pianista y compositor de fama mundial. Su prolífica producción de composiciones, grabaciones y publicaciones continúan influenciando al público después de más de 40 años en el negocio. Estamos enormemente agradecidos por poder contar con un creador de tanto talento en esta aventura. 

Symphony in the Clouds es el primer disco de estudio de la Big Band Clasijazz e incluye composiciones originales e inéditas de Kenny Werner para Big Band con una pieza en concreto dedicada a Clasijazz (que estamos deseando escuchar). Será grabado en la Fundación Valparaíso de Mojácar regentada por Beatrice Beckett, un lugar absolutamente mágico e inspirador. 

Kenny Werner y la Big Band presentarán el álbum en un concierto el 19 de marzo en el Auditorio Maestro Padilla para el cual ya están disponibles las entradas. 

En Clasijazz creemos en la importancia visual así que en esta ocasión especialmente trabajaremos para entregar un álbum cuidadosamente diseñado. Symphony in the Clouds es también una declaración de permanecer como una organización independiente manteniendo la libertad creativa que ello nos trae. Clasijazz ha sido y es una de las experiencias más satisfactorias que cualquier miembro involucrado del equipo ha tenido. Estamos dispuestos a aceptar futuros desafíos con confianza y preparación. Estamos listos para hacer lo imposible. Gracias por confiar en nosotros.

 

 

The band

Clasijazz Big Band is the result and living proof of our non-profit association’s spirit. Few clubs in the world manage to have their own good ol' Big Band jazz orchestra with more than 20 musicians. Indeed immeasurable effort and excitement went into the creation of the Clasijazz Big Band for the benefit of jazz enthusiasts, a genre not so popular in this part of the world. Founded in 2010, it has united passionate artists from all over Spain ever since in our namesake cultural club.

We consider mandatory for performances to have a different repertoire in every meeting. Effort and commitment –human as well as musical– are the paramount pillars of our Big Band. Several outstanding musicians such as Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat, Eric Alexander, Kirk MacDonald, Toni Belenguer, David Pastor and Fabio Miano have collaborated in our project and helped the band become what it is today.

The musicians of the orchestra are well defined but this one is a dynamic Big Band. That being said, we’re always counting with the very best jazz musicians in Spain. Thanks to such a talented family we were able to put together one of the most incredible works ever written for the large jazz orchestra: Epitaph by Charles Mingus, our latest project. From Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert (featuring Perico Sambeat & Flamenco Big Band) we have performed over 25 different repertories including monographs dedicated to specific composers and styles such as Thad Jones or Woody Herman.

In order to record Symphony in the Clouds we needed top level musicians to play with. That is why for this occasion we are so fortunate of having all of these talented musicians as part of the band:

TRUMPETS:

  • David Martínez
  • Julián Sánchez
  • Voro García
  • David Pérez

TROMBONES:

  • Toni Belenguer
  • Vicent Perez
  • Paco Soler
  • José Diego Sarabia

SAXOPHONES:

  • Ramón Cardo (alto)
  • Antonio González (alto)
  • Enrique Oliver (tenor)
  • Pedro Cortejosa (tenor)
  • Sergio Albacete (baritone)

RHYTHM SECTION:

  • Carlos Medina (guitar)
  • Bori Albero (bass)
  • Ramón Prats (drums)

Piano, compositions and conductor:

  • Kenny Werner
  • Ramón Cardo (2nd conductor)

Sobre la banda

La Big Band Clasijazz es la prueba viviente del espíritu de nuestra asociación. Pocos clubes en el mundo puede presumir de tener su propia orquesta de Big Band y es por ello que para su creación y mantenimiento se ha necesitado de inconmensurables esfuerzos e ilusión. Fundada en 2010, reúne a los mejores artistas de jazz de todo el territorio nacional. El repertorio de la Big Band es diferente para cada actuación. Esfuerzo y compromiso, humano y musical, son los pilares fundamentales de la orquesta. Extraordinarios músicos como Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat, Eric Alexander, Kirk MacDonald, Toni Belenguer, David Pastor o Fabio Miano han colaborado en este proyecto ayudando a la banda a convertirse en lo que es hoy. Gracias a los esfuerzos de nuestros entusiastas del jazz fuimos capaces de montar una de las obras más increíbles jamás escritas para una orquesta de jazz: Epitaph de Charles Mingus (nuestro anterior proyecto). Desde el Sacred Concert de Duke Ellington (featuring Perico Sambeat & Flamenco Big Band) hasta monográficos dedicados a compositores y estilos específicos como Thad Jones o Woody Herman, la Big Band Clasijazz ha interpretado a más de 25 repertorios diferentes.

Para la grabación de Symphony in the Clouds tenemos la suerte de poder contar de nuevo con esta plantilla compuesta por lo mejor del panorama del jazz español, indispensable para llevar el proyecto a cabo. 

A normal day in Clasijazz. // Un día cualquiera en Clasijazz.
A normal day in Clasijazz. // Un día cualquiera en Clasijazz.
 

The beginning of a story

1998, Spain. In a little town with an ocean view a small group of people had the most simple realization: there was nothing to be accomplished by expecting things from others. And so Clasijazz was founded. Today, after 19 years of coordinated effort and with the sole help from its members, Clasijazz has become a renowned venue that presents a broad musical and cultural offering available to everybody. From nothing to everything. An impossible dream come true.

It wasn’t long before the activities organized by our members (or family, as we like to say) evolved outside the venue itself. This translated into unforeseen initiatives such as the creation of several orchestras and the inclusion of genres like opera, theatre, dance, and didactic activities. This elevated Clasijazz to something much bigger than a regular jazz club. We had planted a seed for a generation of young local artists and musicians while showing that personal actions can have an impact on society. This has been possible thanks to the people who altruistically contributed with their time, effort and economical support towards the spreading of culture and to one man specifically: Pablo Mazuecos, the unstoppable driving force behind all this. A friend once told him “your dreams are our nightmares” and boy, was he right.

We’ve had the pleasure to enjoy the performance of internationally-acclaimed artists such as Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Gary Bartz, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Ignacio Berroa, Enrico Pieranunzi, Jim Rotondi, Joe Magnarelli, Jerry Bergonzi, Fred Hersch or Brad Mehldau (coming soon) to name a few. With four main orchestras (Dixieland Clasijazz, Big Band Swing and Funky, FIMA Orchestra and Clasijazz Big Band) and absurd dreams such as playing every single one of Mozart’s works, Pablo’s enthusiasm has inspired hundreds. Indeed, we are planning on exporting these kind of initiatives through different countries in the future.

Don't be fooled by this terrible Mozart impersonation. Behind his harmless looks Pablo's the heart and soul of the whole project.
Don't be fooled by this terrible Mozart impersonation. Behind his harmless looks Pablo's the heart and soul of the whole project.

El comienzo de una historia

1998, España. En una pequeña ciudad con vistas al mar un grupo de personas se dieron cuenta de algo muy simple: no había nada que conseguir esperando cosas de los demás. De este modo se fundó Clasijazz. Hoy, después de 19 años de esfuerzo coordinado y con la ayuda de sus socios, Clasijazz se ha convertido en un lugar de prestigio que presenta una oferta amplia para todos. De la nada al todo, un sueño imposible hecho realidad. La creación de varias orquestas, la inclusión de géneros como ópera, teatro, baile o actividades didácticas ha convertido Clasijazz en algo mucho más grande que un simple club de jazz. Se había creado una base para una nueva generación de artistas y músicos. Todo ello ha sido posible gracias al esfuerzo de las personas que han contribuido de manera altruista con su tiempo y apoyo económico, defendiendo siempre la difusión de la cultura. Pero sin duda el principal responsable del proyecto es Pablo Mazuecos, el torbellino imparable detrás de todo. Un amigo dijo una vez “tus sueños son nuestras pesadillas,” y vaya si tenía razón. Hemos tenido el placer de disfrutar de artistas internacionales de renombre como Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Gary Bartz, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Ignacio Berroa, Enrico Pieranunzi, Jim Rotondi, Joe Magnarelli, Jerry Bergonzi o Brad Mehldau. Con cuatro orquestas principales y diversos sueños absurdos (como el de interpretar la obra integral de Mozart), el entusiasmo de Pablo ha inspirado a muchos de nosotros.

What will contributions be used for?

The estimated budget of the whole recording session is over 10.000€, so crowdfunding contributions will cover:

  • Recording studio, editing and mastering.
  • Production expenses.
  • Album's art, CDs manufacturing.

But honestly, most of all, you’re not just helping in the creation of this specific album but also moving our project forward. These contributions show a will, a proof that a different way of doing things is possible. This is the first time Clasijazz is doing a crowdfunding campaign and we wanted to try and seek international support in our quest. Join us in our journey to promote culture, let’s show everybody that Big Band music is alive and kicking!!

Needless to say, if you’re willing to become more involved in our organization please contact us.

¿Para qué usaremos las contribuciones? 

El presupuesto estimado para la grabación completa es de más de 10.000€, de manera que los fondos recaudados del crowdfunding se destinarán a las sesiones de grabación, edición y mastering, costes de producción, diseño gráfico y fabricación de CDs. Lo cierto es que, por encima de todo, al colaborar en este proyecto no sólo estás ayudando a la creación de un álbum sino apoyando a todo nuestro movimiento. Tus contribuciones muestran una intención, una prueba de que existe otra manera de hacer las cosas. Esta es la primera vez que Clasijazz se propone hacer una campaña de crowdfunding, y el principal objetivo de ello es alcanzar apoyo internacional. Únete a nosotros en esta aventura para promover la cultura y enseñémosle al mundo que la música de Big Band está más viva que nunca. 

Si te gustaría colaborar en profundidad con en el proyecto Clasijazz, no dudes en contactarnos.

Clasijazz Big Band samples & previous projects

Subtitles are available in English.

 

 

 

For more videos please visit our YouTube channel.

Visita nuestro canal de YouTube si quieres ver más vídeos.

Risks and challenges

Even though “Symphony in the Clouds” is not the craziest project we have worked with, it is still an ambitious idea. Finding additional funds, organizing rehearsals, synchronizing dozens of different agendas or finding transport and accommodation are some of the exhausting tasks at hand. Our experience with similar projects in the past helps a great deal but these are contingencies that must be taken into account.
There are also risks involved in the finished product being of disappointing quality, so we will make sure we deliver a beautiful album that feels just right.

· ESPAÑOL ·
A pesar de que “Symphony in the Clouds” no es el proyecto más arriesgado que nos hemos propuesto es cierto que sigue siendo una idea ambiciosa. Encontrar la financiación necesaria, organizar ensayos, sincronizar la agenda de docenas de personas o encontrar transporte y alojamiento son algunas de las tareas que se presentan. Nuestra experiencia con proyectos similares en el pasado ayuda considerablemente, pero estos son riesgos que deben tenerse en cuenta. Igualmente existe la posibilidad de entregar un producto final con una calidad no deseada, así que trabajaremos duro para entregar el álbum ideal.

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    Special thanks to you!

    Your name will be listed under 'Special Thanks' credit on all copies of the album.

    Tu nombre aparecerá en agradecimientos en todas las copias impresas del álbum.

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    ¡El pack completo! 2 CDs y vinilo más dos álbumes de Clasijazz Live Records.

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    The Valparaiso Sessions

    You'll get an invitation to attend the recording sessions at the Valparaíso Foundation in Mojácar, Almería (14-19th March) + a superticket to attend every concert in Clasijazz and from the Clasijazz Big Band for a whole year.

    Recibirás una invitación para asistir a la grabación en la Fundación Valparaíso en Mojácar, Almería (entre los días 14 y 19 de Marzo) y una super entrada para ir a todos los conciertos de Clasijazz y de la Big Band Clasijazz durante un año.

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    Tu nombre aparecerá como "productor ejecutivo" en todas las copias del álbum y recibirás todas las recompensas de la campaña.

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