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L to R: Ethan Helm, Miho Hazama, Nathan Parker Smith. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Thursday, July 25, The Jazz Gallery is pleased to present the 13th concert in our ongoing Jazz Composers’ Showcase. In this series, emerging composers showcase their music for large ensemble, an increasingly rare opportunity in today’s scene. Many alumni of the series—including Christopher Zuar, Erica Seguine, and Jihye Lee—have since released their own acclaimed big band records.

For this edition of the showcase, composers Ethan Helm, Nathan Parker Smith, and Miho Hazama will present works for string quartet and drums. All three composers embrace multiplicitous practices. While Hazama’s original training was as a classical composer, Smith’s large ensemble music reflects his deep engagement with metal. Helm, on the other hand, is currently pursuing a PhD at NYU, researching applications of classical music theory in jazz. Before coming to the Gallery to hear the composers’ imaginative string music, take a listen to Hazama’s composition “Time River,” performed by the WDR Big Band and vocalist Theo Bleckmann.

The Jazz Gallery presents the Jazz Composers’ Showcase, vol. 13, on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The concert features music by Ethan Helm, Nathan Parker Smith, and Miho Hazama. The band features Tomoko Akaboshi and Maria Im on violin, Matt Consul on viola, Marta Bagratuni on cello, and Lee Fish on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members), $20 reserved table seating ($15 for members) for each set. FREE for SummerPass holders. Purchase tickets here.