Nova at Jazz Central!

Thelonius MonkOur maiden voyage is this Tuesday, July 30, at 8pm. What are we talking about? Well, we’ve spent months looking for a new venue, and now the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra has found a super solid one: it’s Jazz Central in Minneapolis. Our night will be the fourth Tuesday of each month. We’re really excited to be playing Jazz Central, which features great music all month. Jazz Central is located at 407 Central Ave SE. Minneapolis, MN 55414. Be there, and be the shape that suits you.

Concerto Nova: The “2nd Premier” and Recording

An important reminder: Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will be performing the “2nd Premier” of Concerto Nova by W.A. “Bill” Mathieu very soon. If you haven’t heard this amazing work yet, here’s your chance. This concert will also be a live recording session. Details below. We hope to see everyone there.

Nova’s Upcoming Performances: A Special Message from Mike Krikava

Greetings all you Jazz fans. It’s time for another Nova Jazz event and I hope you will be able to join us for one or both of our upcoming shows.

On Sunday March 24, 7pm, at Studio Z in Downtown St. Paul, the Nova Band will be doing a program dedicated to our great friend and noted composer and music author W.A. Mathieu. Studio Z is located at 275 East Fourth Street Suite 200 Saint Paul, MN, 55101 (651) 755-1600, right across the street from the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.

This program will feature Bill Mathieu’s works for Jazz Orchestra written from 1958 to 2012. This concert will include the first-ever public performance of a piece Mathieu wrote especially for the Nova Band. Written as a through-composed Concerto in the classical style, the “Concerto Nova” is a six-movement masterwork, that melds bebop and cool jazz into a third stream work of amazing sounds.

W.A. "Bill" Mathieu
W.A. “Bill” Mathieu

Nova is very pleased to be able to perform this outstanding music and hope you can join us. And we are particularly proud of our collaboration with Mathieu. He broke into the music scene in 1958 when, as an 18-year-old phenom, he became staff arranger and trumpeter on the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Kenton’s 1959 album, Standards in Silhouette, showcases Mathieu’s rich melodic writing and sophisticated harmonies. That album was critically acclaimed and remains one of the highlights of the Kenton Discography. Bill then spent time writing for Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson and others. In the mid-‘60s, Bill became the founding music director of the Second City Theatre in Chicago and its companion theatre in San Francisco. Bill remains a renowned composer, compositional teacher and music author on the West Coast. Nova collaborated with Mathieu in 2010, in playing a number of previously-unrecorded originals and arrangements for the Kenton band, culminating in a critically-acclaimed album. That collaboration ripened into Mathieu writing Concerto Nova especially for the Nova Band.

To give this music its full scope, we have scheduled a second premier for Sunday, April 28, 2012 at 4 pm at Saint James Lutheran Church, 460 Annapolis Street, West St. Paul. This event will be a concert and live recording session as Nova strives to get a studio-quality recording of the Concerto with a live audience.

I hope you can join us for one of these premier events.

Regards,

Mike Krikiva

A (Very) Belated Happy New Year

The Nova Jazz Orchestra would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year. We also missed acknowledging some other yearly milestones, including Groundhog Day and Valentines Day. President’s Day is coming up; this means we can preemptively wish you a happy one of those.

In all seriousness, this post is to let everyone know we’re still here. Currently, the main focus of the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s musical activity is rehearsing Bill Mathieu’s Concerto Nova.

We’re pleased to say that the work is shaping up nicely, and soon we hope to welcome Bill Mathieu to town again to hear our progress and offer further guidance. Stayed tuned, everybody!