The Los Angeles Jazz Society is pleased to announce that the recipient of its 2016 commission to compose a new jazz work is drummer/composer José Gurría-Cardénas who will perform his composition with his Gurrisonic Orchestra onSunday, October 2nd as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival. They will be part of a double bill with SPIRITS – Pharoah Sanders, Adam Rudoph and Brahim Fribgane. SPIRITS last performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1998. That concert was recorded and an album was released in 2000. This Concert is the first performance since then and their first time performing in the US.
“The Los Angeles Jazz Society is very proud to present this gifted artist to the Los Angeles community,” announced Flip Manne, President, and Max Wrightson, New Note Chair. Born in Mexico City, optimistic, energetic José “Gurri” Gurría studied music in Boston (Berklee College of Music), New York, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City before obtaining his master’s degree and doctorate at USC. Drawing from contacts in L.A.’s Creative Underground and CalArts, especially associates of longtime creative-music catalyst Vinny Golia, Gurría assembled his 22-piece Gurrisonic Orchestra to perform his own compositions. He writes with a fresh, modernistic slant, while keeping an ear on melody and listenability. Gurría opens the program with “Street Signs: A Love Letter to the Angel City,” a brand-new commission from Los Angeles Jazz Society’s New Note program inspired by his vision of his adoptive home as a city whose strength springs from its diversity.
Gurria has recently been recognized as a composer/arranger of note by the Jazz Education Network for the year 2013-2016. Three Kids Music Gurrisonic Orchestraalbum was released in the spring of 2016 to wide acceptance from the specialized press. Jose Gurria is a young member of the National Recording Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
“Anyone who thinks that the only hugely ambitious jazz orchestras successfully mixing jazz and classical music are located in Europe needs to know about the phenomenal bunch from California and their composer and leader, Jose Gurria. This is music that stays fresh no matter how many times you hear it.” The Buffalo News.
The Los Angeles Jazz Society encourages you to check out the full lists of performances at the 2016 Angel City Jazz Festival September 30 – October 16.
Tickets: $35-$60. Students $20