Inatnas Orchestra: the music of Asuka Kakitani and JC Sanford
July 21 @ 7:30 pm$15 – $20
Asuka Kakitani – Composer/Conductor
JC Sanford – Composer/Trombone
Bruce Thornton, Stephanie Wieseler, Pete Whitman, Joe Mayo, Brian Handeland – Saxes
Pete Davis, Tom Krochock, Geoff Senn, Jake Baldwin – Trumpets
Pete Enblom, Dave Stamps, Josh Becker – Trombones
Dave Hagedorn – Vibraphone
Ted Godbout – Piano
Chris Bates – Bass
JT Bates – Drums
Carrie Shaw – Voice
Composer/conductor/trombonist JC Sanford spent over 20 years in Boston and New York City before returning home to Minnesota in 2016. A disciple of the legendary composer/trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, Sanford has had his works performed by Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Ingrid Jensen, Lew Soloff, and others. His jazz orchestra CD Views from the Inside garnered international acclaim and received the coveted Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. The ensemble has also been recognized as a “Rising Star Big Band” in DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll the past 4 years. As a conductor, he is a member of the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, and also conducts the Alan Ferber Nonet +Strings, the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble, John Ellis’ Ice Siren, and conducted the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane, Charlie Haden, and Jack DeJohnette before her death. He also curated the Brooklyn-based creative large ensemble series known as “Size Matters” for over 4 years. He was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop led by Jim McNeely and longtime contractor for the BMI/New York Orchestra. In 2017, Sanford founded the Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop alongside composers Asuka Kakitani, Adam Meckler, Aaron Hedenstrom, Kari Musil, and Dave Stamps. He was recently awarded a 2018 McKnight Composers Fellowship and a 2019 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. In May he took over as musical and artistic director of the JazzMN orchestra.
Asuka Kakitani is a composer, arranger, and conductor. She is the founder of her 18-piece big band, the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra. Their 2013 debut album Bloom earned critical acclaim and was selected as one of the best albums on the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, All About Jazz, Lucid Culture, and DownBeat Magazine. Kakitani was featured on the international radio program PRI’s The World, and was selected as a DownBeat Critic Poll Rising Star Arranger. Her awards include the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, the Manny Albam Commission, two Composer Assistance Grants from the American Music Center, the Brooklyn Arts Fund, and recently was a recipient of the Jerome Fund for New Music from the American Composers Forum. Kakitani was a member of BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop 2004 to 2007 under guidance of Jim McNeely, Mike Abene, and Mike Holober. Along with Sanford, she is co-founder of the Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop. She was recently awarded a 2019 McKnight Composer Fellowship.