Grammy Winner Ted Nash to Conduct SBCC Composers in Art-Inspired Concert |

Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Ted Nash will lead a group of musicians from Santa Barbara City College in a free original music concert at 2:30 p.m. on October 9 on the front patio of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art , 1130 State St The performance pieces are all inspired by or are musical interpretations of artwork from the museum’s collection.

The concert, Ted Nash: The Sound of Art ”will share the creative accomplishments of the SBCC New World Jazz Ensemble at a workshop in September. As part of his two-week stay as Artist in Residence at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Nash led the group through a unique composition process using works of art as inspiration for new musical compositions.

At the start of the workshop, Nash guided the students through the creative process of his composition “Portrait in Seven Shades”, a suite consisting of seven movements, each inspired by a particular painting by a master of modern art: Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Pollock and Van Gogh.

Nash described her impressions of each work, then performed the corresponding musical composition that she inspired. The students then visited the galleries of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to choose a work of art as the subject of their composition. Taking photos and detailed notes, they stayed at the museum long after the tour ended.

The next four Fridays, Nash joined the class virtually, offering commentary and suggestions as the students composed new music for their 10-piece jazz ensemble.

“I really enjoyed working with Ted and the students. The whole process has been inspiring, ”said Edward Smith, director of the New World Jazz Ensemble.

A second performance of selected works from the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 11 at SOhO Music Club, 1221 State St. SOhO’s performance will also feature Nash with the SBCC Lunch Break Big Band. To purchase tickets, visit the SOhO Music Club website.

Visit the SBCC Music website for a full list of the Fall 2021 Concert Series.

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