Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings takes Structurally Sound to the Recycle Here! Detroit Warehouse

 SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Recycle Here! Detroit warehouse will serve as the next venue for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings’ (DCWS) Structurally Sound series. Titled Re-Imagine, Reuse, Recycle, the concert will take place on Sunday, September 15 at 3 p.m. Led by DCWS musician Marcus Schoon, a quartet of jazz musicians including guitarist Al Ayoub, bassist Daniel Kolton, and drummer Dennis Sheridan will recycle old standards and classic masterworks into contemporary jazz music. Throughout the performance Schoon will perform on electric bassoon, electric contrabassoon, tenor sax, and wood flute. DCWS’ newest chamber music series, Structurally Sound presents chamber music in architecturally significant or interesting spaces with repertoire that relates to the space’s unique qualities.

“With Structurally Sound, we’ll be able to take chamber music into new spaces and create programs that intertwine the music with a venue’s architecture and other spatial characteristics. We want to stretch our imaginations, attract new audiences, yet still create great experiences for our current supporters,” said Maury Okun, Executive Director at Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings.

Constructed in the early 1900’s, the Recycle Here! warehouse got its start as the home of the Lincoln automobile. In 1917, Henry Leland, who by then had already created and sold Cadillac to GMC, started building Lincoln in the space. Known for his high standards and quality craftsmanship, Leland soon sold Lincoln to the Ford Motor Company in 1920. Inspired by the time period in which the building was occupied by the Lincoln Company, and the building’s current use as Detroit’s only recycling center, Schoon has created a program that will take classic works and recycle them into new jazz tunes. Jazz, which originated at the beginning of the 20th century, was one of the most popular music genres in 1917.

The quartet will perform well-know works from the jazz and classical genres and, in some cases, will even combine two classic works into one epic performance. An example of this would be the combination of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Bronislau Kaper’s Green Dolphin Street. Other works will include two original works by Schoon titled Woodward Avenue and Victor’s Song. Other well-known works include: Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Cole Porter’s What is this Thing Called Love? and Ravel’s Bolero.

As Structurally Sound is designed to be a concert and lecture program, Schoon will discuss his reasoning for choosing certain works and how inspiration from the space led to musical selections. The history of the space and its relevance today will be discussed by Matthew Naimi, Director of Operations at Recycle Here! Detroit. The music and spoken elements will be interwoven throughout the performance.

Initial funding for Structurally Sound came as part of a larger grant awarded to DCWS by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in honor of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings’ 30th year. The grant was given to support new initiatives by DCWS.

Tickets for Structurally Sound are available by calling 248-559-2095 or going online to detroitchamberwinds.org. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (60+), and $10 for students (under 25).  Tickets will be $5 more at the door. The concert will take place in the warehouse of the Recycle Here! Detroit building at 1331 Holden Street. Space is limited, please call ahead to reserve.

REPERTOIRE INFORMATION

  • Rite of Spring/Green Dolphin Street……Stravinsky(1913)/Kaper  (1947)/arr Schoon
  • Victor’s Song………………………………………………………………….Marcus Schoon
  • Woodward Avenue…………………………………………………………Marcus Schoon
  • When Sunny Gets Blue …………………………….…………………………..Segal/Fisher
  • What is this Thing Called Love? …………………..…………………………..Cole Porter
  • La Fiesta…………………………………..…………….…………………….….Chick Corea
  • Some Skunk Funk……………………………………………………………Randy Brecker
  • Peter and the Wolf………………………………………………………….…….Prokofiev
  • Minor Swing……………………………………………………………Reinhardt/Grappelli
  • Politician………………………………………………………….…………Bruce/Brown
  • Golden Slumbers  ……………………………………………….……Lennon/McCarney
  • Another You.………………………………………………………….………Harry Warren
  • Sakura………………… …………………………..….Japanese Folksong/arr. Schoon
  • Bolero…………………………………………………………..Ravel (1928)/arr. Schoon