More Four (2017)
More House Big Band
Conducted by Mark Place
Thursday 22nd March 2018
Great Hall, Farnham Maltings
Inspiration for this work is drawn from the spies and private eyes crime jazz genre of the 1960s and '70s, where composers on both sides of the Atlantic combined swing and Latino styles to create a hard-hitting yet effortlessly cool sound canvas for the anti-heroes
The work is in four sections and is scored for a jazz big band of five saxophones (two altos, two tenors and one baritone), four trumpets, four trombones (three tenors and one bass), and a rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum-kit, congas and additional percussion (cabasa, claves, guiro, mark tree, shaker, tambourine, triangle, and finger snaps).
More Four was commissioned for Farnham Festival 2018 in memory of Raymond and Eileen Krish, co-founders of the Festival, by their children Jonathan (and his wife Gil), Felicity and Jane.
The composer would like to thank the Krish family and the Farnham Festival for commissioning the work; and Jean Hasse for her musical assistance and help with preparation of the performance materials.