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Jakob Buchanan
1968 -
J. Buchanan
Jakob Buchanan (1968), a Danish jazz composer. He lives in Denmark and was the first jazz student ever to be accepted at the Royal Danish Academy of Music soloist class. A position from which he has been able to work closely with familiar artists while also creating unexpected constellations. He won Danish Music Awards in 2016, best album and best composer/year for his RequiemJakob Buchanan was born in Viby, Jutland. He was raised in Rosenhøj by his Danish mother and British father. He was the first jazz student ever to be accepted at soloist class of the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark. A position from which he has been able to work closely with familiar artists while also creating unexpected constellations. His early works were composed for a jazz sextet and released on his first two albums ‘Dream factory’ and ‘i’. Since 2008, Jakob Buchanan has been playing and touring with his quartet for longer periods. Percussionist Marilyn Mazur and guitarist Jakob Bro have been members of the Jakob Buchanan Quartet from the beginning. Bassist Jonas Westergaard replaces pianist Simon Toldam on the latest quartet album ‘Some People & Some Places’. The album was nominated in two categories at the Danish Music Awards Jazz 2014: ‘Jazz Album of the Year’, and ‘Jazz Composer of the Year’. For his album ‘Requiem’, Jakob Buchanan won the Danish Music Awards Jazz 2016 ‘Release of the Year’ and ‘Composer of the Year’, and in 2015 the Jazznyt Award. Jakob Buchanan teaches trumpet and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark and has toured in Scandinavia, Germany, France, Luxemburg, America, Canada, and Russia.
Buchanan Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2015
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin mass + English texts
Duration:ca. 79'
Label(s):Buchanan Records
Buchanan Requiem (2015) for Jazz Orchestra, Church Choir and Soloists.
It contains:
01. Requiem aeternam 9:58
02. Kyrie eleison 13:56
03. Domine Jesu 9:02
04. Sanctus 9:06
05. Pie Jesu 3:44
06. Agnus dei 4:57
07. Lux aeterna 11:34
08. Libera me 3:21
09. In Paradisum 12:43
One of the defining characteristics of mankind is the awareness of death as a part of the human condition. We all know that we are going to die. This awareness has been an inspiration to many artists and it could be said that art itself is a way of coming to terms with death. This is especially true with a requiem, which is defined as a musical composition in honor of the dead. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem is perhaps the most famous work in this particular genre, which is mostly associated with classical music. However, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard proved that it was possible to combine the vocabularies of jazz and classical music on his poignant requiem A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) (Blue Note, 2007).
Danish trumpeter Jakob Buchanan also has a background in modern jazz and his large-scale work Requiem combines big band music, choral music, modern jazz and classical tones into a sweeping musical statement that enters the realm of spirituality. On the opening, "Requiem Aeternam," Buchanan's trumpet breaks through the silence like a glowing light in the dark before an organ intones with multiple brass voices in the background. Then a choir of Latin voices rise from out of nowhere and the composition grows into an understated bass-driven groove where Indra Rios-Moore sings: "nothing is permanent / the sun and the moon rise and set. / From hour to hour everything changes, / To take for permanent, that which is only transitory, is like the delusion of a mad man."
It is worth noting how Rios-Moore's voice is complemented by the choir. The voices support her and act as counterpoint and the Latin and English lyrics are like the meeting of two different worlds. The dead language of Latin, so otherworldly and strange, and the living language of English, proclaiming "nothing is permanent." The key to the music is the use of contrasts and musical voices. Buchanan has written the music specifically with the musicians in mind and Requiem sports an impressive cast of players, including bassist Jonas Westergaard, singer Indra Rios-Moore, percussionist Marilyn Mazur and guitarist Jakob Bro. These guests all contribute with their signature sounds that become a part of the whole. For instance, Marilyn Mazur is able to conjure a whole landscape of thunder and silence on "Kyrie Eleison." The use of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is also congenial and carefully orchestrated and the members of Aarhus Cathedral Choir sing with voices full of ethereal beauty.
Source:Jakob Baekgaard