Island composer and bass guitarist Jason Everett and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (SMCO) have collaborated on a new program called “From Spain to India: Contemporary Instrumental Masters,” which brings together Everett’s love of Indian and Flamenco music with SMCO’s mission to “feature a unique mix of music for chamber orchestra and small ensemble of all eras, with a significant focus on contemporary and rarely heard music. The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the future of music, premiering new works of gifted young composers, and showing audiences how powerfully relevant classical music is to our world.”
Everett, who trained as a classical bassist before discovering his passion for Indian and Flamenco music, recently recorded the CD “Playing with Fire” with his Indian fusion band, Deep Energy Orchestra. Two of the band members also play with SMCO, and they recommended Everett to SMCO conductor Geoffrey Larson.
“SMCO musicians often perform with a wide variety of other musical groups around the Northwest, from Seattle Symphony and Symphony Tacoma to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis,” Larson said. “Indian classical music has always interested me and other members of the orchestra, so we jumped on the chance to take on a project that explores Indian styles.”
Everett dove deeply into the collaboration, scoring music for 20 musicians 12 hours a day for the last six weeks.
“The drone and bass note of the Indian music and the rhythmic Flamenco are opposite, but they blend well,” he said. “SMCO wanted to embrace the two styles of music and asked me to articulate those in a modern fusion.”
Everett will be a soloist along with special guest artist and legendary classical guitarist Fareed Harque, who has toured with Paquito D’Rivera and Sting and is known for his wide-ranging collaborations. The other musicians will include Trey Gunn, who is a guitarist of the rock group King Crimson and plays a 10-string Warr touch guitar. Performing on electric violin, Radhika Iyer has been praised for her successful blending of traditional Indian classical music with contemporary sounds. These musicians will join SMCO to explore the connections between the Indian and Flamenco styles.
“We will be creating a show that is unique, one of a kind,” Everett said. “I’m very excited. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. I feel blessed that they reached out to me.”
The program will include Manuel de Falla’s Suite from “El amor brujo” and the music of Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar and Jason Everett.
Tickets available at VashonCenterForTheArts.org
Sunday, February 3 | 4 pm
Advance Tickets: $10 Student |$18 Member | $20 Senior | $22 General | All tickets at the door: $26