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No Walls/A Christmas Concert (2007)

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD No Walls / A Christmas Concert (2007, Aardmuse)Celebrating the release of its 9th CD, No Walls/A Christmas Concert (Aardmuse label), the CD features carols from around the world and Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, a tribute to Doctors Without Borders. The CD is available now!

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Sat., 4/11: New Music for Jazz Orchestra PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  New Music for Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Free Admission.   Information:  617-452-3205
 
The April 11 show features premieres of new works by Mark Harvey, including Sisyphus of the Snow Banks, inspired by the recent record-setting snowfall in the Boston area; a free-form romp titled Out and Out; and the big band premiere of FiLmprov Cha Cha Cha, plus audience favorites  No Walls and De-Evolution Blues.   The band will mark the Billy Strayhorn Centennial with his lovely ballad Almost Cried, from the movie Anatomy of a Murder.  Also, Aardvark will honor the Boston Marathon survivors and victims, including MIT police officer Sean Collier, with Mark Harvey’s piece Commemoration (Boston 2013), given its premiere in 2014.
 
This concert is sponsored by MIT Music & Theater Arts as part of its Faculty Concert Series.
 
Recent: AJO's An American Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Christmas Concert
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra:  An American Christmas
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
 
The 42nd Annual Aardvark Christmas Concert is in the history books now. It was grand and the official start for many of us of the holiday season of peace and hope. We got to hear lots including some Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite excerpts (dedicated with applause to recovering trombonist Jay Keyser). There was some Mark Harvey with his Bethlehem Counterpoint originally dedicated to Rosie's Place founder Kip Tiernan. In an eloquent speech Fran Froelich, who co-founded Poor People's United Fund with Kip, remembered her, her work, and also the current state of affairs with the sudden displacement of residents of the Long Island Shelter.
 
Although the wonderful Aardvark concert is over, the struggle for housing, food, and justice continues.  If you would like to donate to this year's Concert's beneficiary go online http://ppuf.org/ or mail your donation. Please make out your check or money order to Poor People’s United Fund and send it to:
 
Poor People’s United Fund
645 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
 
Thanks to everyone at PPUF for their continued work
 
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New CD: Impressions PDF Print E-mail
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra CD Impressions
The new CD “IMPRESSIONS” features seven compositions by Aardvark music director Mark Harvey that Francois Couture has called “highly enjoyable . . . with convincing writing and strong performances.” (Monsieur Delire/Canada).  The music conjures up a variety of moods, emotions, and tone colors, as well as inspirations from socio-cultural events in Boston’s history, such as the struggle for desegregation of the public schools, the urban renewal fiasco of the old West End neighborhood, and the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti.  This exploratory music ranges from the lyrical to the Dada-esque, from the meditative to the monumental. 

Reviews of the recording are enthusiastic:

“Exceptional music”  Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views

“Strange, brooding harmonic language…beautiful playing throughout” Jon Garelick, The Artery/WBUR Radio

“It’s great music. Aardvark have an eloquence in their improvisation written inside the art of orchestration.  A pity Duke and The Count can’t hear where their great art form has gotten to.”  Steve Davis/What’s New Jazz Magazine, UK
 
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JazzTimes: Aardvark honoring Marathon bombing victims & heroes PDF Print E-mail
 The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world, continues its historic 41st season with a concert of music by founder and music director Mark Harvey on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. The centerpiece will be the world premiere of Harvey’s Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy. No Walls, a staple of the Aardvark repertory, will be offered in a spirit of unity and healing. No Walls has been selected as the official song for JazzBoston’s Jazz Week (April 21-30, 2014). Also on tap: another Mark Harvey premiere, Spaceways,a celebration of Sun Ra in his centennial year. This concert is presented by MIT Music and Theater Arts, in conjunction with JazzBoston’s Jazz Week and the Smithsonian Institution’s observance of April as National Jazz Appreciation Month. Read the full article.  
 
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