New Music by William O. "Bill" Smith
World premieres of works written by and for the groundbreaking jazz clarinetist and composer William O. "Bill" Smith will be performed by the composer in celebration of his 92nd birthday with flutist Jeffrey Cohan and violinist Sharyn Peterson at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 27 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 1020 Jefferson Street in Port Townsend. Seattle composer Huntley Beyer and Slovenian composer Igor Dekleva (Ljubljiana) have written works for the occasion. For more information see www.salishseafestival.org/newmusic or call the church at (360) 385-0770.
Smith is well known not only to Northwest audiences but to jazz fans and clarinetists throughout the world. A founding member of the Dave Brubeck Octet, Smith pioneered the use of contemporary techniques on clarinet in the 1960s and has continued to experiment with them throughout his life, both in his jazz improvisation and classical composition. Bill was professor of clarinet, composition and contemporary music at the University of Washington for 30 years.
The program will include "Session" for clarinet, flute and violin, "Jazz Set" for flute and violin and "Five Pages" for solo violin by William O. Smith, along with "It's Personal" by Huntley Beyer and "Nostalgic Fantasy" by Igor Dekleva for the trio. All world premieres!