Here’s a listing of art Ted Nash selected to use and have on display as part of his Jazz and Art show last week:
Marc Chagall. “I and the Village” (1911); “Calvary” (1912); “Zemphira” (1942); “A Bandaru Player, a Bear and Zemphira” (1942)
Salvador Dali: “The Persistence of Memory” (1931); “A Little Theatre” (1934); “Illuminated Pleasures” (1929)
Henri Matisse: “Dance”; “Jazz”; Maquette for Nuit de Noel”; “Interior with a Violin Case”
Calude Monet “Reflections of Water-Lily Pond”; “Poplars at Giverny, Sunrise”; “Agapanthus”’ “The Japanese Footbridge”
Pablo Picasso: “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Paris (June - July, 1907); “Three Musicians (Fontainbleu, summer 1921); “Girl Before a Mirror” (Boisgeloup, March 1932); “Repose (Paris, Spring 1908); “Ma Jolie” (Paris, Winter 1911)
Jackson Pollock: “One: Number 31 (1950); “Full Fathom Five (1947); “Free Form (1946); “White Light” (1954)
Vincent van Gogh: “Olive Trees” (Saint Remy, June - July 1889); “Starry Night (St. Remy, June 1889); “Irises (pink and green)” (May 1980); “Self Portrait (1889)
Interesting to note that many of the works chosen were not and could not have been inspired by what we now call jazz. Any thoughts?
Hi! Let’s try this…In Jurzy’s order of appearance… Part I
Vincent Van Gogh:
to be continued…
Vincent Van Gogh:
Cannot locate Irises or Self-Portrait on MOMA website; maybe Sonalii can find the paintings somewhere!
A great project for long-range study! Best, Glo.
My initial thoughts were almost opposite, Jurzy. I could “see” jazz and musical connections as most accessible in the listed art, with exceptions of Dali and Pollock. How did Ted Nash approach these two artists in tonal, thematic and harmonic style? Just wondered. Thanks, Glo.
I found the two Van Gogh’s here:
(Not sure which one of the two)
Thanks, S! Hope Jurzy will be surprised when she logs on next time! Now… we need to find out more about the music! Jurzy, which compositions stood out or best reflected the paintings musically? Was any piece like a “tone poem,” which musically told the story of the painting? Were the works more impressionistic or abstract? How did the instrumentation complement the art?... Aside from the accordion and violin, were there additions to the brass sections?
Luigi, do you know whether J@LC and MOMA will co-produce a cd rom? Hope y’all will comment on your favorite selections of art from this list.
GLoria, still don’t know.
They’ll let us know soon….
Thank you for the wonderful links about artist.
I viewed them all in NY at MOMA !!!
My favourites are Picasso and Van Gogh
Here’s something I found regarding Pollock’s connection with jazz and art:
As early as 1945…one prescient critic compared the “flare, spatter and fury” of Pollock’s paintings to modern music…Pollock loved jazz…“rocking and rolling” for days on end to Dizzy Gillespie, Bird, Dixieland, and bebop. What undoubtedly attracted him to this type of sound was not just its rhythm and tempo, but its naked presentation of honest and deeply felt emotion…Pollock could tell his wife that jazz was “the only other creative thing happening in the country.”
There’s a connection an artist feels when painting-you have your subject matter in mind and as you start to the develop that subject onto the canvas it opens a different visual that you manage to incorporate into the original concept. When listening to music while painting, your stream of thought captures the sounds you are hearing and you begin to follow those sounds with the movement of your brush, creating textures and strokes in an almost lyrical fashion while staying true to your original concept.
If you look at the work of Pollock and have in mind the sounds of Bird or Gillespie,concentrating on the work, you can see how he followed the music through his strokes and splatters. When he produced his work, it was so free of conventional technique, most people didn’t or couldn’t comprehend what he was conveying on canvas.
Your description provides a great example of arts integration, S, combining jazz, painting and abstract expressionism… bebop in action!! I’m most impressed by the contrasting works of art Ted Nash selected from MOMA and remember looking at Pollock’s One: no. 31, which takes up the space of an entire wall at MOMA; (at this museum you can go right up to the paintings without any barricade). Like Luigi, I saw most of the referenced paintings, and especially liked the Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
Just found an article on:
I am completely overwhelmed…I go away and come back to the most provocative discussion of jazz and art that there ever could be because none of us are (or claim to be) professionals at this sort of thing and the dedication we have to this field of exploring the connections between music and art and life is truly exceptional. There’s mentorship that happens her, encouragement, scandalous and shameless name calling, inappropriate (my age again, forgive me) sexual meanderings and suggestive commentary, and all sorts of compelling reasons to join and stay on this site.
Luigi, maybe we should do a Jazz Journal…a collection and analysis of this site’s more insightful commentary. It would do well to show how Wynton’s influence encourages people of all ages and walks of life to enter into relationships with one another tat are enduring and endearing, that provoke intellectual debate and enhance an understanding of the music and our shared culture.
That all said, I am just back in from being far away and have checked in only a very few times. I have a lot of catching up to do! I hear there was a CD release party for the Plantation to the Penitentiary Cd at the NY Historical Society? What a magnificent choice of venue, brilliant actually. The current exhibit is the second round of a Slavery in NYC exhibit that started last year. SOmewhere in my papers I have a copy of the lyrics but think I also saw a link to the lyrics on this site? I’ll have to check…been away too long. Much too long.
Seeing the images from Teds night on this site brought back fond memories of a magnificently curated show. The images were so powerful that night, so big, bold and captivating because they were humongous in size!
Ah, and the Atlanta show is coming up soon and I will miss it! Que pena, que pena y dolor! Those who attend will surely give a report…where is Rocky James ? Where is Frederique? And Nic…my favorite student and David O from Australia?! What happened to him?
Aaron Diehl is having a senior recital in a few weeks and I will be sure to attend. He is a brilliant pianist and a good kid. I am glad to have Jonathan Batiste to watch from this point forward. Jonathan has an old spirit when it comes to playing, he has been here before. There is a depth and maturity in his playing that is absolutely at odds with is age. He was, as they say, “born knowing.” He is one to watch.
And I am off the point of this thread….Much reading to do! I think it’s Ellington next? April is Jazz appreciation month, what are YOU doing to celebrate? It is also my birthday and Duke’s and so we should celebrate.
carinos pa’todo el mundo!
Hey Jurzy… an update from “on the run”: Spring breaks are in full swing so we’re temporarily out of pocket. Surely someone will report about J@LCO Songs We Love (may attend Meridian/Atlanta), this tour is wrapping up in NYC. While you’re catching up with fansite (haven’t heard from regulars lately; on vacation, too, or stuck in snow?), would like more info. if you can share it about Ted Nash’s orchestrations with the wonderful art. Glad you’re back to help get things back on track…
Have you checked out the Hasse book on Ellington? Looks good, and we’ll add favourite recordings. Did you listen to From the Plantation to the Penitentiary yet? Probably should start new thread on it. jazzjournal/JazzNotes sounds uplifting if we can get it all together, time accompanied by opportunity, you know… Later, Glo!
The images from the Ted Nash show moved me. As I looked at each image, I tried to imagine the music that accompanied each piece. How I wish a sound recording could be made available of that night. Nonetheless, I did receive some artistic inspiration and have been working steadly on some pieces, hence my relative absence from the site. I think a jazz journal sounds like a fantastic idea. So many differenct perspectives offered that have both informed and stimulated the senses all due to the connectivity of Wynton’s music and ideas.
Looking forward to the Atlanta show. I will post a report. Sorry you won’t be attending Jurzy. Perhaps we can all plan a future date to meet one another.
Does anyone know if Wynton will be meeting any of his fans after the show? And if so, how does one go about meeting him?
More to come…..
Hope they’ll distribute a cd rom of this production. Any word?
There was word about Aggie Gund being given a strong recommendation about that night’s performance. I have not followed up but think this could only help in the production of a CD, at least, and would encourage greater collaboration between the visual and musical arts.
When is the new recording going to be released?!