Ariadne’s Notes: A fascinating radio interview with the creative musician Christopher Jentsch on the World Poetry Café CFRO , 100.5 FM , on August 31, at 1: 35 PM, Music from his CD Fractured Rock was included along with at poem that he wrote for one of his productions. Christopher also spoke about the strength of Jazz but the difficultly of making a living, due to down loads and other internet availabilities. This seems a problem that is coming up more and more with many creative people. It seems like there must be some answers to this situation. Any ideas? Check out his You Tube video channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ JentschChris
Contact him directly at www.ChrisJentsch.com
*Thanks to Braitwaite and Katz communications.
Christopher Jentsch has had the following fellowships from American Composers Forum (3), New Music USA, Meet the Composer, New York State Council on the Arts (3), Ucross Foundation (2), and most recently, Chamber Music America/Doris Duke New Jazz Works, which commissioned his new work Topics in American History. The work had its world premiere on Friday, December 2 at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, and was also performed on Sunday, January 8 at IBeam, 168 7th St., Brooklyn. It was performed by Jentsch Group No Net, a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble conducted by JC Sanford with Jentsch on guitar,Michel Gentile on flute, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Jason Rigby on saxophone, David Smith on trumpet, Brian Drye on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Eric Halvorson on percussion.
As a bandleader and sideman Jentsch has performed in clubs and concert halls throughout the East Coast, and has worked with such diverse musical personalities as George Russell, John Cage, Maria Schneider, and Chris Wood. He appears as a guitarist on the CD John Cage, Volume 11 (ModeRecords 41). He is also featured in Scott Yanowa’s book The Great Jazz Guitarists (2013 Hal Leonard). Jentsch has released five CDs as a leader.
Jentsch attended Berklee College of Music and has liberal arts and jazz guitar degrees from Gettysburg College, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami in 1999 and is published by the University of Northern Colorado Press, Advance Music, and Fleur de Son Records.
Fight the Fray – by Chris Jentsch (C)
What is which, and why is who?
Take the names. Submit to you.
Where is when? Yet why is now
before there’s after anyhow.
Take the hit, not fit to quit.
Held together with dirt and spit.
How’s this feeling in my bones –
no escaping from this jones.
Why is what, so fight the fray,
which is where I had to say.
2017 Chris Jentsch Events:
April 7, 2017 – Fractured Pop CD/DVD release on the Fleur de Son label.
June 9, 2017 – Jentsch Group Quartet at IBeam, Brooklyn NY (8:00 PM) – CD/DVD Release Concert
(Jentsch, Matt Renzi, Jim Whitney, John Mettam).
Ongoing – Last fall was the debut of Jentsch’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ JentschChris. Six hours of content including an entire 2012 set from Jentsch Group No Net (HQ),selections from a 2015 trio date, two jazz orchestra records, live modified aleatoric music for two mixed chamber quartets, and more.
You can find him at : www.ChrisJentsch.com
Topics in American History by Christopher Jentsch and Jentsch Group No Net has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.