Movement Exercise #1 for Blindfolded Ensemble (take 1)

from by Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble

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written by Beth Fleenor

"Movement Exercise No. 1 for Blindfolded Ensemble is the first in a series of etudes composed to heighten collective awareness and communication within a group. Each exercise form is written as a schematic and is memorized by players in the ensemble. The players are then blindfolded to improvise the content of the piece. Sections are cued through each member's direct contribution to the collective intention, without any visual or predetermined communication. By using the blindfolds to heighten sensory awareness, the ensemble conducts the piece and moves seamlessly through the form as a single organism, simply by collectively feeling each other's intentions."


from SJCE Volume 1, released February 20, 2012
Beth Fleenor-clarinet
Mike Dodge-tenor sax
Brian Bermudez-baritone sax
Samantha Boshnack-trumpet
Michael Owcharuk-piano
Nate Omdal-bass
Max Wood-drums




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The Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble (SJCE) exists to create and perform new compositions by Pacific Northwest composers and arrangers, providing sustainable opportunities for continuing education and work advancement for professional musicians. We strive to present compelling music for the community, integrate cross-disciplinary elements, and push the boundaries of modern big-band jazz. ... more

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