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Published on May 19, 2011
Septendecim (Seventeen) I was thrilled when the Carpe Diem String Quartet asked me to, "write something that has energy and funk." Here was an opportunity to combine my formal composition training with my background as a jazz pianist/arranger. My goal was to integrate classical techniques with the hot licks, vamps, and blues patterns of the jazz tradition. Few are capable of performing music of this wide a stylistic range but in the hands of these extraordinarily skilled and open-minded musicians, we get to hear highly rhythmic, surprising, and yet familiar music - the best of both worlds! Completed on my youngest daughter Molly's seventeenth birthday, Septendecim is dedicated to her. -- Bradley Sowash
Violins: Charles Wetherbee, John Ewing Viola: Korine Fujiwara Cello: Kristin Ostling