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UNC Asheville Jazz and Contemporary Music
Ensemble Audition Information Spring 2019
Auditions will be on Thursday 1/17/19 at 4:30 pm
Location: Lipinsky 018 and 044

There will be eight jazz & contemporary ensembles for the Spring 2019 term:

1) Jazz Band - MUSC 122.001 - T/Th 3:15-4:30 - Steve Alford, director
2) X-Tet - MUSC 129.001 - Time TBD -  Zack Page, director
3) ECM Ensemble - MUSC 129.002 -  Time TBD - William Bares, director
4) Astor Piazzolla Ensemble  - MUSC 129.003 - Time TBD - Andy Jurik, director
5) John Scofield Ensemble - MUSC 129.004 - Time TBD - Matthew Richmond, director
6) Bluegrass Ensemble  - MUSC 123.001 - Time TBD - Toby King, director
7) Contemporary Guitar Ensemble - MUSC 123.002 - Time TBD - Tim Doyle, director
8) AfroMusics Ensemble - MUSC 123.005 — Time TBD - Toby King, director

We will be holding open auditions for placement in the ensembles listed above. For specific information regarding each ensemble please see the descriptions below. In order to audition, please sign up for a time slot on the sheets posted outside Lipinsky 217. The sheet will be posted by Monday 1/14/19.

Ensemble audition requirements:

Jazz Instrumentalists and Vocalists (except drummers):
1) A jazz blues - with a head and at least 2 choruses of improvisation (can be any head, ie. Straight No Chaser or Billie’s Bounce).
2) Any standard of your choosing including the head and at least 2 choruses of improvisation. (Note: If you are interested in a particular combo, please choose a piece that demonstrates your playing in that style.)
3) Sight reading – you may be asked to sight read a lead sheet.
4) Scales - major scales in 12 keys, chromatic scale

1) Display competency in a variety of styles (jazz swing, jazz ballad, funk, bossa, samba, rock) Note: If you are interested in a particular combo, please choose a piece that demonstrates your playing in that style.
2) Sight reading

1) Please come to the audition with your schedule for the current semester and be prepared to accurately assess your availability for the different groups.
2) Please bring two additional copies of charts for the tunes you select for your audition.

Ensemble Descriptions and Specific Requirements

1) Large Jazz Ensemble: This ensemble will play traditional big band music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s to today’s contemporary works. We encourage all interested to audition for this ensemble. Please note that you do not necessarily need to improvise solos in this group. As such, classically oriented instrumentalists who want to gain a bit of jazz experience are encouraged to audition. For audition info, see general audition requirements for jazz instrumentalists, listed above, or contact Mr. Steve Alford (salford2@unca.edu) with any questions.

2) X-Tet: This is our flagship jazz ensemble and will perform several concerts and functions at UNCA and in the greater WNC area.  Members of this group receive a scholarship for their participation in the group. See general audition requirements for instrumentalists, listed above. Please contact Zack Page (zack.page@gmail.com) with any questions.

3) ECM Ensemble: This ensemble will explore the atmospheric, world-music influenced music of Europe’s best known jazz label. Each participant will be asked to bring in one piece from the label’s stylistically diverse catalog for rehearsal and arrangement. Traditional jazz ensemble instruments as well as percussionists, vocalists and other instruments welcome. Please contact Dr. William Bares (wbares@unca.edu) with any questions.

4) Astor Piazzolla Ensemble: This ensemble will explore the music of Astor Piazzolla, the godfather of tango nuevo. Students will collaborate on compositions and arrangements that blend elements of traditional tango, jazz, contemporary classical, and rock music. As Piazzolla’s music has been arranged for an extensive number of ensembles and instrumentations, all instrumentalists are welcome to audition. All music will be arranged in response to instrumental participation. Audition will consist of: 1) sight reading (melodic and accompaniment), and 2) optional improvisation. Please contact Dr. Andy Jurik (ajurik@unca.edu) with any questions.

5) John Scofield Ensemble: This ensemble will focus on the fusion and funk compositions of guitarist John Scofield. For an idea of the style we’re aiming for, listen to his album Loud Jazz. See general audition requirements for instrumentalists, listed above. Please contact Matthew Richmond (mrichmon@unca.edu) with any questions.

6) Bluegrass Ensemble - If you are auditioning for the bluegrass sextet, please prepare two contrasting songs from either the bluegrass repertoire, or a related tradition (folk, old-time, Celtic, blues, Texas swing, etc…), and perform them to the best of your ability.  In this ensemble, all vocalists must also play an instrument, and all instrumentalists should be prepared to sing. Each musician should be prepared to play one or more of the following six instruments:  fiddle (violin), flat-top acoustic guitar, flat-backed mandolin, 5-string banjo (three-finger style, with picks), bass, or Dobro.  Note: the larger bluegrass ensemble will be offered during Fall terms.  Please contact Dr. Toby King (jking6@unca.edu) with any questions.

7) Contemporary Guitar Ensemble - This ensemble will develop repertoire and approaches for guitar ensemble. All ensemble members will use acoustic guitars (steel string prefered) with a pick. Those auditioning will be asked to demonstrate confident facility on the guitar in both left and right hands. For more information contact Mr. Tim Doyle (tdoyle@unca.edu).

8) AfroMusics Ensemble - This ensemble explores the melodies, rhythms and textures of African and African derived musical practices.  Ensembles will include traditional and contemporary instrumentation.  Experience in African-related performance traditions is desirable, but not required.  For auditions, please prepare a piece on your primary instrument that demonstrates notable polyrhythm, cross-rhythms, compound meter, and/or syncopation. Please contact Dr. Toby King (jking6@unca.edu) with any questions.


Music Faculty and Staff

(Left to right) Wayne Kirby, Toby King, Brian Felix, Pamela Miller, Matthew Richmond, Fletcher Peacock, Melodie Galloway, Christine Boone, Bill Bares and Jude Weinberg.