Duration: 6 minutes
Instruments: five octave marimba, contrabass flute (or bass flute). Alto flute version available upon request.
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In 2015, composer Ivan Trevino was invited by the US State Department to perform and teach music for a week in Turkmenistan, with his cello-rock band, Break of Reality. Ivan wrote “This is Like Jazz!” as a response to hearing the rhythmic and metric complexities of traditional Turkmen music, and to time spent with young Turkmen musicians, who were not used to improvising. The contrabass flute grooves in a lyrical conversation with the marimba and spoken word, creating a narrative of Trevino’s time in Turkmenistan. Commissioned by Caballito Negro, “This Is Like Jazz!” is a co-commission with Joe Perez, Ben Prima/Cathie Apple (Citywater), Dwayne Corbin/Ruth Polcari (Simpson University), Shane Reeves, and Tomm Roland/Christine Beard (Zephyrus).
Written for contrabass flute, marimba, and spoken word with arrangements available for bass flute and alto flute. This recording is a video documentation of the audio recording by Caballito Negro on their Songlines EP. More information at caballitonegro.com.
When performed live, the marimba and spoken word are performed simultaneously, but were tracked separately for the studio recording.
Caballito Negro – Flutist Tessa Brinckman and percussionist Terry Longshore perform intercultural work, in a fearless, ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poem, “Canción de Jinete (1860)”, the Southern Oregon duo collaborates with many prominent, innovative artists, creating contemporary music that pushes the flute and percussion repertoire to new heights, and always in the spirit of duende.
Recorded at BrokenWorks Productions, Ashland, Oregon
Recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered by Sean McCoy, Oregon Sound Productions
Video Recording and Editing by Joseph Howe