Five short films from the 1920s by internationally renowned Bauhaus master teacher, graphic artist, and photographer László Moholy-Nagy were newly scored for big band and vocal ensemble. Three animated advertising shorts (1919-1922) will open the program.
The project represents an exciting collaboration between BuJazzO, the Eastman School of Music, and Eastman Museum for Film and Photography in Rochester. The program premiered at the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau in March 2018 and thanks to funding by the German State Department will tour international jazz festivals until the culminating Bauhaus celebration in Berlin in 2019.
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About the Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music
was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, as have numerous GRAMMY Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.
About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival:
is one of the world's leading jazz festivals. Now in its 17th year, the festival was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent and Marc Iacona. The Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music. This year’s nine-day festival, June 22 to June 30, will feature 1500 artists from 20 countries who will perform at 20 venues in downtown Rochester, NY's arts and entertainment district. They will perform in more than 300 concerts including 97 free shows and events.