2016 COMMISSION

To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival partnered with the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts to commission composer and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon to compose a 60-minute full composition for Chicago's own Spektral Quartet. Entitled Yo Soy la Tradicion, the new work was inspired by traditional music from the rural areas of Puerto Rico.

Spektral Quartet is: Austin Wulliman , violin; Clara Lyon, violin; Doyle Armbrust, viola; Russell Rolen, cello.

 

2015 COMMISSIONS

Ambrose Akinmusire "banyan"

At the Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2015 Ambrose presents his composition, banyan, which builds on his interest in the role of the griot and mentor in social and jazz history. He is developing a sixty-minute composition and companion video installation exploring storytelling and mentorship as oral and aural tradition in artist and community networks. To develop the composition and companion video, Ambrose interviewed Rob Carter, Bertha Hope, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Persip, Archie Shepp, Bennie Maupin, and Henry Threadgill. For this project, Ambrose has created a 12-person ensemble with the following personnel: Saxophones: WALTER SMITH, MARCUS STRICKLAND, JACOB RODRIGUEZ, TIM GREEN. Trumpets: AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE, JUMAANE  SMITH, JASON PALMER. Trombones: VINCENT ARVEL CHANDLER, JOSH ROSEMAN. Rhythm Section: HARISH RAGHAVAN, bass; SAM HARRIS, piano; JUSTIN BROWN, drums.

 

Mikel Patrick Avery "Parade"

Commissioned in collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Fest's Story Share Project.

 

Tomeka Reid Ensemble "Tokens"

Commissioned in collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Fest's Story Share Project.