This composition was commissioned by the Oakland East Bay Symphony for their 2009/10 season, with a grant by the James Irvine Foundation, and premiered in April, 2010, at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, under the baton of Michael Morgan. Since then, the Sacramento Symphony and Atlanta Symphony have performed the piece during their season subscriptions.“Double Identity” is my third composition with the objective in bringing Swing Jazz/Bebop music into a classical setting. A few years back, a renowned chamber music ensemble in Heilbronn, Germany, commissioned a piece featuring all instruments employed that evening; String Quartet, Piano, Drums, Bass, Alto Saxophone and Trombone for a Grand Finale. Billed as “Orjazztral – musical border crossings,” the program featured Darius Milhaud’s piece “La Création du Monde,” its early jazz influences masterfully absorbed, as well as other “cross-over” compositions.
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