Dave Burrell – On his Composing Process – Role Of Improvisation

September 21, 2014

Rosenbach Museum & Library

Dave Burrell discusses his work on composing original jazz compositions for Civilians During War Time.
World-renowned jazz pianist, and Rosenbach Musician-in-Residence Dave Burrell presents the next chapter in his Civil War sesquicentennial research project, Civilians during War Time. The six new compositions in this concert give voice to the thoughts and feelings of the mothers, brothers, civilian spies, and runaway slaves all living in the war but rarely seeing the battle field. The tone of these compositions reflects the anxieties and fears of a population living in an unforeseeable future. Mr. Burrell dug deep into the Rosenbach’s archive to find inspiration for these bold new compositions.
Recorded on October 20th, 2011 at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.