In 'Home is Here' Felipe focuses on the theme of immigration in the jazz community.
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Felipe Salles and his Interconnections Ensemble will be celebrating the release Home is Here at the National Sawdust on June 22, 2023. Home is Here completes Salles’ immigration themed trilogy, started by The Lullaby Project (2018) and followed by the Guggenheim funded multi-media The New Immigrant Experience (2020). In Home is Here Felipe focuses on the theme of immigration in the jazz community. Each of the 8 pieces of the work were written for an immigrant jazz artist, who were featured in the album. The process of composing these pieces was preceded by a long interview conversation between the composer and the featured artists on topics such as immigration, artistic vision, race, culture, and heritage among others. The recording features Paquito D’Rivera, Melissa Aldana, Chico Pinheiro, Yosvany Terry, Magos Herrera, Sofia Rei, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, and Nadje Noordhuis.
The project was made possible by the prestigious Jazz Road Creative Residency Grant (2021) with the support of Jazz Road and South Arts.
About The Felipe Salles’ Interconnection Ensemble
Created in 2016, The Interconnections Ensemble is the brainchild of Brazilian composer Felipe Salles. The meaning of the word interconnections is present in this ensemble in many levels of its artistic vision, including dualities of musical and cultural influences, as well as the juxtaposition of composition and improvisation.
The Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble brings together modern large jazz ensemble writing, contemporary classical textures and Latin American rhythmic influences in a unique way. The music represents the interconnection between many cultural influences, ranging from Brazilian, American, Argentinean, and European musical sources. The approach to composition, using layers of melodic and rhythmic counterpoint, also expresses the interconnectivity behind the musical product. Finally, the exploration of individual improvisation, as a contrast to collective playing, adds another dimension to the ensemble’s sound.
This new large jazz ensemble esthetic is a product of decades of research and planning joining forces with the incredible musical talents and experience of some of New England's finest jazz musicians. The members of the Interconnections Ensemble have performed with Chicago, Aretha Franklin, and The Boston Pops, among others.
The Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble released its first record, The Lullaby Project and Other Works for Large Ensemble, in 2018, on the Tapestry/Capri label, and their second album, a CD/DVD set, entitled The New Immigrant Experience, was out on March 20, 2020. Both albums have received critical acclaim, including 4 and 4.5 starts from DownBeat Magazine.
Felipe Salles, composer and conductor
Jonathan Ball, alto and soprano saxes, flute, piccolo
John Mastroianni, alto and soprano saxes, clarinet, flute
Mike Caudill, tenor and soprano saxes, flute, clarinet, electronic effects
Tyler Burchfield, tenor sax, flute, alto flute
Melanie Howell Brooks, bari sax, bass clarinet
Angel Subero, bass
Nando Michelin, Piano
Kevin Grudecki, Guitar
Luke Glavanovits, Vibraphone
Keala Kaumeheiwa, Bass
Bertram Lehmann, Drums and Percussion
About Felipe Salles
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Salles is a composer, conductor, arranger, saxophonist, and flutist. He has worked and recorded with Paquito D'Rivera, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Lionel Loueke, Jerry Bergonzi, Chico Pinheiro, Melissa Aldana, Magos Herrera, Luciana Souza, and Bob Moses among others, and has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, India, and Australia.
Awards include a 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Composition Fellow, a 2021 South Arts Jazz Road Creative Residency Grant Fellowship, a 2015 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, a 2009-2010 French American Jazz Exchange Grant, and a 2005-2006 Chamber Music America New Works among others.
His arrangements and compositions have been performed by some of the top groups in the world including The Metropole Orchestra, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Violas, among others.
Salles has released nine critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, most recently the ambitious multi-media work The New Immigrant Experience, in 2020, which received a 4.5 stars review from Downbeat Magazine. Felipe Salles is currently a Professor of Jazz and African American Music Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.