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Liberte-Anne Lymberiou, Steven Feifke, and Chuck Iwanusa. Photos courtesy of the artists.

Liberte-Anne Lymberiou, Steven Feifke, and Chuck Iwanusa. Photos courtesy of the artists.

This Thursday, July 7th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the latest iteration of our large ensemble Jazz Composers’ Workshop, curated by Miho Hazama. This time, the concert will feature works by three composers of diverse backgrounds—Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Steven Feifke, and Chuck Iwanusa.

Lymberiou hails from Montreal and came to New York to study jazz composition at CCNY with Mike Holober. She founded her own big band in 2013, which performs regularly throughout the city. Check out Lymberiou and the Liberte big band perform the forceful and episodic “Fists Up, Fight Back!” live at the Iridium below.

While Steven Feifke’s semifinal appearance in the 2011 Thelonious Monk piano competition can vouch for his instrumental chops, he has a true knack for arranging, working regularly with his septet and big band. Feifke has a particular way with standards, giving well-worn tunes like “My Favorite Things” a slick and thoroughly-modern sheen.

Chuck Iwanusa is the elder statesman of this group—he’s been an active bassist, composer, and educator since the 1970s. He honed his arranging chops as a copyist for the Stan Kenton alumni band, and has taught at the New School and Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, as well as serving as president and executive director of the IAJE. Now a full-time resident of New York and a recent participating in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, we are sure to hear more of Iwanusa’s work in the future.

The Jazz Gallery presents The Jazz Composers’ Workshop, vol. 6, on Thursday, July 7th, 2016. The band will perform the music of Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Steven Feifke, and Chuck Iwanusa, and features Ben Kono, Alexa Tarantino, Jeremy Powell, Roxy Coss, and Andrew Gutauskas on woodwinds; Nathan Eklund, Matthew Jodrell, Andy Gravish, and Dave Smith on trumpet; Matthew McDonald, Nick Finzer, and Max Seigel on trombone; Steven Feifke on piano; Kenji Herbert on guitar; Marty Kenney on bass; and Curtis Nowosad on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for each set. FREE for SummerPass holders. Purchase tickets here.