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WORKSHOP ON COMPOSING & ARRANGING TECHNIQUES: THE ART AND THE BUSINESS

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A WORKSHOP ON

COMPOSING & ARRANGING TECHNIQUES: THE ART AND THE BUSINESS

By U.S. COMPOSOR EVAN SOLOT

This workshop will include an in-depth look at the process of writing music in all styles.

It will examine the challenge of creating music that succeeds artistically as well as commercially. Using his own music as examples, Evan Solot will take everyone behind the scenes of preparing, getting the gig, and following through to meet personal aesthetic goals within the realities of the music business.

Date: 21st of August 2012

Time: 9. 00 am – 4. 00 pm

Venue: United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission

New Address: 55 Abdul Caffoor Mawatha,Colombo 3

(off Duplication Road, next to Stone & String)

Workshop Fee: Rs. 1000/= (includes lunch)

Registration Deadline: 17th of August 2012

Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Participants may bring musical instruments, laptops, music paper or audio recorders to the workshop if available.

The workshop will be followed by a performance by Eshantha Peiris (Piano), Isaac Smith

(Double Bass) and Sumudi Suraweera (Drums)

from

6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

EVAN SOLOT

Composer Evan Solot has been recognised by the American Composers’ Forum as “one of the greatest living

composers of our generation”. His work has earned accolades and support from such diverse sources as National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, McKnight Foundation, William Penn Foundation, American Music Center, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Meet The Composer. Evan composes for orchestras, choirs, jazz groups, pop recordings, dance, theatre, film and commercials. He has collaborated with poet Sonia Sanchez, playwright Ntosake Shange, bassist Stanley Clarke, choreographer Judith Jamison, and Stevie Wonder.

His music has been performed by some of the country’s leading jazz and pop performers, including Randy and Michael Brecker, Kurt Elling, Mel Torme and Ben Vereen. His commissions include pieces for Alaska, Mississippi, Illinois and Minnesota.

A former trumpet player, he toured with Bette Midler, Burt Bacharach, Frank Sinatra and Lou Rawls as well as serving as lead trumpet in over 50 Broadway shows.

Evan’s music underscores the award winning documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” and is part of Naxos Records’ American Essentials series with the Chestnut Brass. He orchestrated the new NBC Nightly News Theme. As a Fulbright Scholar, he was a jazz education consultant in New Zealand, and the USIA awarded him with the designation of American Cultural Specialist. He works with students at

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Paul McCartney’s school) in Interdisciplinary Collaboration. He was honored with the Silver Star Alumni Award from UArts in 2011. Evan is a professor and Composition Department Chair at University of the Arts.

Visit www.evansolot.com for more information and to hear his music.

The US-SL Fulbright Commission was founded in 1952 by an Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Ceylon for the administration of educational exchange programmes in Sri Lanka. The programme aims to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Sri Lanka through mutual academic exchange.

United States – Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission

55 Abdul Caffoor Mawatha, Colombo 3 Tel: 011 256 4176/ 471 8744

Email: Web: www.fulbrightsrilanka.com

This workshop is hosted in partnership with the Colombo Music Festival