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The mind has a tendency to wander the artist just knows to follow
where it leads. Whether struggling with personal issues, searching for
one's place in life, reflecting on loved ones or simply observing life
as it passes by the nearest window, one s muse can take many forms,
all capable of leading to inspiration.

For his new recording, Musings, composer/arranger Christopher Zuar incorporates a variety of emotional and musical sources to create a program of highly original, self-reflective and expressive compositions performed by an extraordinary ensemble. The recording will be released April 1, 2016 Zuar s 29th birthday.

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Zuar found his interest in music early. He began playing the trumpet in elementary school; he remembers being equally engrossed by classical and jazz. He recalls receiving recordings of Maurice Andre and Louis Armstrong simultaneously and being enthralled by both. Zuar s interest in composition led him to his mentor, pianist/composer/arranger Mike Holober, from whom he learned the essentials of music writing.

This led to Zuar s study at the New England Conservatory, where he quickly switched from a jazz trumpet major to composition, insuring that he could write for the various ensembles and study with Frank Carlberg, who appears on Musings. Upon moving back to NY, Zuar was accepted into the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and eventually received a master s in composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jim McNeely.

Naturally, Zuar was inspired and informed by many of his forebears, including Bob Brookmeyer (Zuar went to NEC in order to study with Brookmeyer), Gil Evans and Thad Jones as well as a multitude of composers from the classical realm. Having always been interested in the intricacies of structure in the world of both classical and jazz music, Zuar s attention was drawn to composition, scoring for orchestral sound with a focus on melodic lyricism and harmonic richness.

To aid in the preparation and execution of the recording, Zuar enlisted Mike Holober as producer. The experienced ensemble that Holober helped assemble is truly incredible, featuring woodwind players Dave Pietro, Ben Kono, Jason Rigby, Lucas Pino and Brian Landrus, trumpeters Tony Kadleck, Jon Owens, Mat Jodrell and Matt Holman, trombonists Tim Albright, Matt McDonald, Alan Ferber and Max Seigel, guitarist Pete McCann, pianist Frank Carlberg, bassist John Hébert and drummer Mark Ferber. The exceptional vocalist Jo Lawry is also featured on four of the pieces as well as percussionist Rogerio Boccato.

The musical results prove the ensemble s astounding flexibility and prowess. Most of the members come from an earlier generation than Zuar, musicians he had grown up admiring but who are now brilliantly performing his music as peers.

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sunnyside Communicat
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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