JARED THOMPSON & PREMIUM BLEND
38th & POSTMODERNISM
Premiere Date - Saturday, November 21 - 8p
Where to watch - www.indyjazzfest.net, Facebook Live @indyjazzfest, YouTube Live
Indy-based jazz saxophonist and composer Jared Thompson re-imagined and expanded the existing Premium Blend catalogue to create the soundtrack for this mini-documentary, 38th and Postmodernism, an insightful presentation that speaks to the myriad of issues that has made 2020 so polarizing.
Thompson says ... "We wanted to amplify the voices of Indy’s arts community because artists rarely get the opportunity to directly articulate how and why they create, inspire, and reflect the environment in which they live. We wanted to represent those that create and curate the culture of Indy as people first, and artists second."
Recorded at "The Cabaret", a premier downtown Indianapolis performance venue, this presentation featured the expanded line-up ...
Jared Thompson - sax
Ryan Taylor - guitar
Brian Yarde - drums
Steven Jones - keys
Brandon Meeks - bass
Amanda Gardier - sax
Rich Dole - trombone
Ethan Hodes - trumpet
About the Indy Jazz Fest Commission Series
This presentation represents one of three projects that make up the Indy Jazz Fest 2020 Commission Series. These works will provide an emotional look at the way these artists’ mentors and society have affected their artistry. Ultimately, we view these concerts and commissions as the perfect way to continue the crucial support of our artists right here in Indianapolis as we continue to navigate through the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, racial tensions, and a year of introspection.”
"Though we are not able to operate as normal in this COVID-19 environment, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation remains unwavering in its commitment to keep our Indianapolis jazz musicians creating. We have commissioned three accomplished Indy-based musicians to write, perform, and video (for virtual viewing) original music that reflects the subject matter of these uncertain and difficult times. We are confident that we will enable these musicians and their bands to create and express through the medium of jazz, profound artistic statements, that will have a lasting and impactful effect on Indianapolis and the world." - Rob Dixon, IJF Artistic & Education Director