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Samantha Boshnack's Seismic Belt 'Live in Santa Monica' CD Release Show

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Samantha Boshnack's Seismic Belt (21+)

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Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt performs music about the Ring of Fire, which is located on the rim of the Pacific Ocean. The area is home to many of the world’s volcanoes and earthquakes. Boshnack’s compositions experiment with the friction of geographic shifts to create a new harmonic topography. This music examines our relationship with the Earth, including the elements of risk and faith in that uneasy cohabitation. Movements of the work draw on influences from some of the cultures and people living on the Ring, including Chile, Japan, Alaska, Western Samoa, and Russia.

In 2018, Boshnack was awarded the annual Make Jazz Fellowship. This award is sponsored by the Herb Alpert Foundation to honor and support promising, emerging jazz composers. For the fellowship, Boshnack was in residence at 18th Street Arts Center in LA for three months. While there, she composed this 8-movement work for trumpet/flugelhorn, baritone/tenor saxophones, violin, violin/viola, piano, upright bass, drums. The culminating performance was released as “Live in Santa Monica”, on Orenda Records in March 2019 .

Prolific trumpeter/composer Samantha Boshnack walks her own path. Whether blasting through the alternative sonic explorations of her 14-piece alternative chamber orchestra, B’shnorkestra, leading Seismic Belt or her own quintet, Boshnack’s compositional voice pulses with vitality. After getting a degree in jazz composition from Bard College in 2003, Boshnack moved to Seattle. She toured extensively with the modern jazz group, Reptet, for seven years, releasing four albums comprised mostly of her compositions. Since 2011, she has led three ensembles, released five critically-acclaimed albums, continued to tour and present concerts, workshops, and festival performances. She is a member of the Alchemy Sound Project (a composer-led ensemble featuring composers Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Salim Washington, David Arendt, and Boshnack) who has released two records.

Boshnack has received support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, New York Foundation of the Arts, Earshot Jazz, among others. In 2019 she is a composer fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. She was the 2018 Make Jazz Fellow, and has attended two Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist-in-Residence Programs and was selected as a 2012 participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at UCLA. She has performed or recorded with artists such as Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, Eyvind Kang, Jessica Lurie, Bobby Previte, Amy Denio, Jim Black, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Robin Holcomb, among others.

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