Dave Douglas Named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2005!

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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Names Trumpeter/Composer Dave Douglas a Guggenheim Fellow for 2005 ***In September 2005 Greenleaf Music will release a dual-sided multi-media disc of Dave Douglas & Keystone; new music inspired by the early works of unjustly maligned silent film actor and director Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle*** ***The world premiere of these works will take place October 1, 2005 in Peekskill, New York, at The Paramount Center for the Arts*** ***Dave Douglas and NOMAD to perform music from Mountain Passages at Tonic in NYC on May 19th!*** "From village brass band music to funeral marches to cool melodies to New Orleans-style swing to all-ensemble blowfests, the original compositions and improvisations on trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages are all informed by his impeccable sense of architecture and balance and his Nomad ensemble’s dynamic interplay. . . . the most imaginative use of the trumpet this side of Dizzy Gillespie. Mountain Passages boasts music as fresh and lively as the green hills of springtime." Seth Rogovoy, Berkshire Living Magazine (Brooklyn, NY) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recently named trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas a Guggenheim Fellow for 2005. The fellowship will support Dave's continued study of music history and counterpoint, and facilitate new works in composition. "I'm proud to be honored and thrilled to be able to continue my study in composition through the support of the Guggenheim Foundation," says Douglas. Recent Guggenheim fellows in jazz include Marilyn Crispell, Marty Ehrlich and Dewey Redman, among others. For more information on The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and for a complete list of 2005 U.S. and Canadian Fellows, click on www.gf.org. For more information on Dave Douglas, Mountain Passages and Greenleaf Music click on www.greenleafmusic.com or www.davedouglas.com. Dave Douglas & NOMAD have just completed very successful U.S. and European tours and will be performing music from Mountain Passages at Tonic in New York City on Thursday, May 19, 8 & 10 PM. NOMAD will feature Dave Douglas with Douglas Yates (reeds), Rubin Kodheli (cello), Marcus Rojas (tuba), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). Mountain Passages is the trumpeter’s twenty-second recording of original music, and the first on his new label, Greenleaf Music. A rugged ensemble that visits folk, chamber and avant-garde jazz sensibilities; this is the band that premiered at 10,000 feet in the Italian Alps, and intends to keep playing that way. Dave Douglas & KEYSTONE New music inspired by the early works of unjustly maligned silent film actor and director Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Keystone is an electric sextet with trumpet, tenor/soprano sax, Wurlitzer, electric bass, drums, and turntables. The music explores the humor and pathos of these early silent comedies. It can be played with screenings of the films, or alone. The world premiere of these works will take place October 1, 2005 in Peekskill, New York, at The Paramount Center for the Arts, a 1930's vintage movie house. Dave & Keystone will then be touring the project in the U.S. and Europe. This music will be released by Greenleaf Music on a dual-sided disc in September 2005. Side one will carry a recording of songs written for the project. Side two will be a DVD with the music timed to the 34-minute silent feature film, Fatty and Mabel Adrift. THE PRESS ON DAVE DOUGLAS, MOUNTAIN PASSAGES & NOMAD "After hearing his newest quintet, Dave Douglas and Nomad, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday, I'll award them the highest praise of all: They play like a Chicago band." John Litweiler, The Chicago Sun Times " . . .they're going after cathartic joy, playing what sounds like their version of Ellington's 1920's ''jungle'' music: a provocative groove and vamp, and a style of ensemble playing that's dynamically hushed but emotionally hot." Ben Ratliff, The New York Times "Like much of the best contemporary jazz, Nomad's music seems simultaneously old-school and cutting-edge. There are avant-garde shrieks and Dixieland polyphony." Will Friedwald, The New York Sun "Shifting from bacchanalian exuberance to serene introspection to gently stated whimsy, the ‘Mountain Passages’ score he performed Monday night at the Chicago Cultural Center defies any working definition of what jazz or new music or populist art are supposed to be. Instead, it draws freely on each of these musical realms, and then some." " . . . the ‘Mountain Passages’ repertoire shows Douglas making yet another exhilarating, sharp left turn." "What's more, the lyric power and vast expressive range of ‘Mountain Passages’ were even more striking in concert than on the recording." "As strong as the CD is, the music proved more effective in concert." "Music as understated, economical and honest as this speaks searingly for itself." Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune "The tunes here are as gorgeous, intelligent and thought-provoking as ever, and Douglas' fans wouldn't have it any other way." Billboard " . . . good as he’s always been, keeps getting better. . . . his own label’s wonderful first release, Mountain Passages, dedicated to his late father . . . truly original back-porch jam on some of his most melodious compositions, often with a folky Old World feel, completely relaxed . . ." Greg Burk, LA Weekly

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  • Artist / Group Name: Dave Douglas
  • Event Date: 5/19/2005
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