Teacher Jazz theory, jazz guitar player.
Research supervisor approval for submission. Patrick Schenkius, 22 February 2023
I see that you used text of your proposal in your preliminary text of your paper. But I commented on this text in January and you didn't change anything yet. What happened?
Op dit moment staat je voorlopige paper niet in de catalogue, dus kan ik ook geen commentaar geven,
Is dit jouw eerste proposal of degene die je nu hebt gemaakt? Want het is nu de bedoeling dat een paper in de stijgers moet staan, een geen voorstel meer.
Je hebt mij gemaild over de Burge-methode, daar lees ik nu niets van terug. Heb je dat nog verwerkt?
The exposition is interesting, both artistically and intellectually. The quality of the composed big band arrangements is high and they are well executed. The musical content is interesting, as well as the harmony, melodic development, instrumentation and form.
The idea of combing/blending a local music style with jazz is more and more common these days, so in that respect a suitable subject for research.
This art-based research is for a great deal describing the process of making in all facets, not only musically, but in general what it takes to get it done on this large scale. As the author states in the end, the research could serve as a kind of model for other musicians/organizers to do a similar project.
The exposition has clear research questions and all of them are worked out very well. The underlying literature about social, philosophical and artistic issues is well chosen. The author’s reflection upon these aspects and the whole process is quite clear and honest. The description of the whole process is profound; every step is described in detail. For the author, the research seems to be a logic step to take as a jazz musician, arranger for big band, publicist and member of this local community.
Part 1 of the submission is very thorough and is a complete story by itself.
The analysis in part 2 is clear concerning the artistic choices during the writing process. The influences of seminal big band arrangers/composers like Bill Hollman, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider are audible in both arrangements in this exposition. The musical material of the folk music was very well re-worked in the big band arrangements and show the delicacy of the arranger to combine ‘old’ and contemporary music.
The artistic outcomes of this research project are evident. Two thriving big band pieces, which proves, to my opinion, that jazz can incorporate practically every other music style in it because of its flexibility. The way it is done here shows thoroughness in all stages of the process.