21st Century Big Band Jazz
— The final Jazz Ensemble concert of the year, conducted by Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, finds the CSU groups taking on music written in the digital age. The tradition of jazz music continues to develop as a vehicle for expression across a wide range of genres. “The nature of the jazz musician has always been to observe the music in our cultural surroundings and reflect what we hear with our own individual sensibility. As our American and world cultures develops into the 21st century, jazz follows along, absorbing the musical texture of our communities and participating through decorated sound and improvisation,” describes Swindler. This concert features big band music influenced by our modern world, providing an interesting snapshot of jazz in the present.