Pew Fellow Bobby Zankel plays a solo for Muhal Meets the Wonderful Sound, conducted by Muhal Richard Abrams, with Bryan Rogers, Elliot Levin, and Tom Lawton. Photo by Dr. Ken Weiss.
Bobby Zankel, Muhal Richard Abrams, Bryan Rogers,and Julian Pressley perform for Muhal Meets the Wonderful Sound. Photo by Dr. Ken Weiss.
Muhal Richard Abrams.
Warriors of the Wonderful Sound (WWS), a 16-member jazz orchestra directed by saxophonist and 1996 Pew Fellow Bobby Zankel, commissioned and premiered an evening-length composition entitled SoundPath from 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of Chicago's influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Abrams conducted the premiere of Soundpath, presented in partnership with Montgomery County Community College. The young musicians and composers of WWS learned a great deal from Abrams, an elder statesman of jazz and a "mentor of mentors" who takes an expansive stance on musical composition. WWS also partnered with the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Clef Club to present a series of open rehearsals, workshops, and master classes to introduce local musicians to Abrams and his work. The project also included a public symposium hosted by WRTI's J. Michael Harrison.