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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Livestream CD Celebration - Faces of Souls
(Published: October 29, 2020)

Hailed as "one of the best jazz ensembles in the world" (Jazz Podium, Germany), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continues its 48th season with a livestream celebration of the band's new CD, Faces of Souls on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Distinguished jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal will interview Aardvark founder and director Mark Harvey, and they'll play excerpts from the CD. The album is a striking collection of works by Mark Harvey on themes of democracy, justice and equality, with powerful relevance today. Faces of Souls is Aardvark's 16th CD and the band's 10th release on Leo Records, one of the world's leading independent labels.

The event is sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts and is free an open to the public. A Zoom reception will follow, and all are welcome. Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aardvark-virtual-livestream-interview-and-cd-release-tickets-124432792833

Jean Buzelin (CultureJazz.Fr) praised the new CD, Faces of Souls, saying, "Mark Harvey has an uncanny mastery for balancing and opposing orchestral masses, and he daringly creates unusual associations and complex rhythms. His orchestra "rings," the nuances stand out, the colors vibrate, the power is expressed fully."

Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has premiered more than 180 works, and has performed extensively in clubs, concert halls, festivals, colleges, universities, and other venues. Aardvark has been called "stunningly beautiful and adventurous" (New York City Jazz Record) and praised for "exuberance, imagination and sheer brio" (Jazz Review, UK). Aardvark guest artists have included such notables as Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard, Ricky Ford, Geri Allen, Jimmy Giuffre, Matt Savage and Dominique Eade.

Founder and music director Mark Harvey, winner of the 2019 Roy Haynes Award, has performed as trumpeter with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, Gil Evans, Howard McGhee, Kenny Dorham, Sam Rivers and others, and has recorded with George Russell and Baird Hersey. Among his 200 works are pieces written for and premiered with jazz legends Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steve Turre, Jimmy Giuffre, and Ran Blake. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies at MIT.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, and Dan Zupan, woodwinds; KC Dunbar and Jeanne Snodgrass, trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser, and Jeff Marsanskis, trombones; Bill Lowe, bass trombone and tuba; Richard Nelson, guitar; Rob Bethel, cello; John Funkhouser, piano and string bass; Harry Wellott, drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists (not performing on Faces of Souls); and Mark Harvey, piano and music director. Also on the CD are Allan Chase, Michael Heller and Alex Mekelburg, woodwinds; Tom Plsek and Randy Pingrey, trombones.

More Information: http://https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aardvark-virtual-livestream-interview-and-cd-release-tickets-124432792833

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