Annual Peace Concert and Daniel Pearl World Music Days with Lisa Sokolov, Caleb Rumley and Leese Walker

imagesOn Wed Oct 22, 2014, we once again present our annual Peace Concert at Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ in conjunction with the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Daniel Pearl was a Wall Street journalist, violinist, fiddle and mandolin player, who in 2002 was kidnapped and murdered by extremist in Karachi, Pakistan. His family created the Daniel Pearl Foundation, and the Daniel Pearl World Music Days to honor him and to continue to encourage fellowship across cultures and build a platform for “Harmony for Humanity” through music. Throughout the world, there are hundred of events celebrating his life and his message in the month of October, his birthday month. Take a look at their website to see the world wide events.
Here is a news story on this concert from the Montclair Times by Gwen Orel, posted 10/20/2014.

PressKitTN-bw-340w Lisa Sokolov
We are very excited to welcome back Lisa Sokolov! The last time she sang with the band was 2008, on another one of our Peace Concerts. Lisa Sokolov is a frontline New York jazz vocalist, improviser and composer. Her work embraces the best of new music, free and straight ahead jazz. Her recordings angel Rodeo, Lazy Afternoon, Presence and A Quiet Thing have all received Best CD of the Year citations and press kudos. DownBeat magazine cites “Presence” as 5 stars “Masterpiece”, Best CD of the Year and made the DownBeat “Best of the Decade” list in 2010. To learn more about Lisa please go to her website.

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We are equally excited to have Caleb Rumley with us, and it’s his first time with the band! Caleb has composed a piece for us, specifically for this Peace Concert. Caleb Rumley is a recent graduate of William Paterson University, where he had the privilege to study under the late Mulgrew Miller. While pursuing his studies at William Paterson, he became enthralled with writing for large ensemble after seeing a live performance of the Jimmy Heath Big Band. His arrangements have been played by many area big bands, including the One More Once Big Band, the Full Count Big Band, the PJ Rasmussen Big Band, and the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra. Recently, he co-founded the big band “Big Beat”, which mixes funk, R&B, neo-soul, and modern jazz together to create music that Caleb describes as “Jimmy Heath meets hip-hop”. He is currently studying arranging under Cecil Bridgewater and Pete McGuinness. You can hear more of Caleb’s music on his soundcloud page.

On our second set, we have a new piece “Run and Hide,Baby..a gentle song about Global Warming” by Trumpet player Rob Henke,featuring vocalist Leese Walker.

We’ll also perform many of the compositions by our resident composers.

“Apply Now” From Ed Xiques, our lead alto saxophonist,who composed this in 2006 for our Freestyle concert at 12 Miles West Theater, Bloomfield, NJ. We’ve continued to play this on a regular basis. This recording is from our Oct 2011 Peace Concert.

“Comes A Time” by our trombonist Matt Haviland, also composed in 2006 for our Freestyle Concert. This recording is from our concert “In The Spirit of Mingus” a concert series in tribute to Charles Mingus at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music(New York, NY) Feb 2009 and features guest vocalist Marcelino Feliciano.

And from yours truly, “The Journey Home”, composed Nov 2001 in memoriam for the victims of the attacks of Sept, 11,2001, featuring Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, soloists Andy Eulau-bass,Craig Yaremko-alto sax,Ben Williams-trombone, Scott Neumann-drums.

Hazrat Inayat Khan
When I think about cultivating peace in our world, I think about music, and what Hazrat Inayat Khan founder of Universal Sufism. Many musicians have been deeply moved by the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan, including John Coltrane who studied his texts, specifically “The Music of Life”, which was a big influence on Coltrane while preparing for his recording “Transition”.

Here are a few quotes about music and harmony, excerpted from “The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Vol. II”.

“There are two aspects of individual harmony: the harmony between body and soul, and the harmony between individuals. All the tragedy in the world, in the individual and in the multitude, comes from lack of harmony. And harmony is the best given by producing harmony in one’s own life. ”

“Music is a miniature of the harmony of the whole universe, for the harmony of the universe is life itself, and humans, being a miniature of the universe, show harmonious and inharmonious chords in their pulsations, in the beat of their hearts, in their vibration, rhythm and tone. Their health or illness, their joy or discomfort, all show the music or lack of music in their life”.

“Music helps us to train ourselves in harmony, and it is this, which is the magic or the secret behind music. When you hear music that you enjoy, it tunes you and puts you in harmony with life. Therefore we need music; we long for music”.
“It creates also that resonance which vibrates through the whole being, lifting the thought above the denseness of matter; it almost turns matter into spirit, into its original condition, through the harmony of vibrations touching every atom of one’s whole being”.

We dedicate this concert to the memory of Daniel Pearl, to all of those who have worked tirelessly for peace, and to the belief that through music we can heal and uplift our souls, bringing harmony to humanity, and peace to us all.