Inaugural lecture on influences of Impressionism in Jazz harmony

Inaugural lecture by Iñaki Sandoval “Color Palette: Influences of Impressionism in Jazz Harmony”

On 26 October at 16:15, UT Professor of Jazz Music Iñaki Sandoval will deliver his inaugural lecture on the influences of Impressionism in jazz harmony. The lecture is in English and is held in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu.

Impressionist music follows the same concept as employed by Impressionist paintings, giving just an “impression” of the figure represented, with no sound being more important that the other and without specifically outlining its characteristics. Harmony in jazz music is typically based on a prevailing vertical approach, i.e. tonality. However, as taken from French Impressionism, harmony can also be approached in a horizontal or modal manner, considering primarily the mode and scale instead of the guide tones.

Present-day jazz musicians regularly incorporate classical music concepts, including elements of Impressionism, in their music and the stylistic division lines across genres have become blurred over time. This primary characteristic defines jazz music as an all-encompassing art form that combines a variety of music resources to develop a creative and often spontaneous musical expression. Jazz musicians who are well-known for their Impressionistic approach include, for example, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

“The lecture focuses on the influences of Impressionism, which developed both in painting and music, on jazz music, and especially jazz harmony. In addition, jazz music has been influenced by many 20th-century styles,” said Professor Iñaki Sandoval about the theme of the lecture. “The lecture is suitable for everyone. In the lecture I describe works of art, paintings, and compare them to pieces of jazz music. I also play a few examples on the piano.”

Iñaki Sandoval is Professor of Jazz Music and Director of Viljandi Culture Academy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu. He has formerly served as the director of the jazz department and the dean of graduate studies at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain.  He is a pianist and composer, with bachelor’s degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance, master’s degree in jazz piano performance and PhD in Art History and Musicology. Over the last two decades, he has developed a brilliant artistic career, performing all over the world, collaborating and recording with internationally acclaimed musicians. He has published five albums as a leader and is preparing for the upcoming publication of “Estonian Trilogy”, a collection of three studio albums, which will be released in 2018.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol in UT International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar@ut.ee

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ESTONIAN SUITE: LIVE IN TALLINN (CD&DVD) JUST RELEASED!

“Estonian Suite” already available in all stores in physical and digital formats:

Physical CD/DVD, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes

Release date: September 21st, 2017

CD&DVD Solo piano concert recorded live in Tallinn on March 15, 2017, featuring works from The Estonian Trilogy studio albums “Winter Poems”, “Mimesis”,  and “Harmonic Etudes”, which will be released in 2018. All brand new compositions by Iñaki Sandoval.

The music of “Estonian Suite: Live in Tallinn” is inspired by Estonia: its people, traditions and culture, its beautiful nature and landscapes, forests, lakes and rivers, its peacefulness, winter, solitude and silence. Under the prism of jazz and improvisation, the language is closer to the classical and impressionist music of the 20th century with influences of minimalism, folk and popular music.

“Estonian Suite” invites to withdrawal, meditation and inner reflection, even to listen with closed eyes. The piano is located in the middle of the concert hall, with soft lighting and the audience forming a circle around the interpreter. The proximity of the artist and the audience make it possible to listen actively and closely, receiving directly the vibrations of the strings of the piano without intermediation. This is when the music no longer belongs to the artist, but to the listener.

“MIMESIS” Premiere in concert, July 6th, Ronda (Málaga), Spain

“MIMESIS” Premiere, for solo piano. Concert at the XVIII Edition of “Semana de la música de Ronda”, Málaga (Spain). Organized by the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda + info

 

 

Radio interview at Estonian public radio ERR Klassika, by Ivo Heinloo

Monographic interview at Estonian Public Radio ERR Klassikaraadio, by Ivo Heinloo

Listen interview (Estonian/English audio)

“Estonian suite” premiere for solo piano, March 15th, Tallinn, Estonia

Premiere of “Estonian suite” for solo piano. March 15th, Mustpeade maja, Tallinn.

Iberofest presents the world premiere of “Estonian Suite” composed for solo piano and performed by Iñaki Sandoval. The work will be published shortly by Bebyne Records (www.bebyne.com).

The music is inspired by Estonia: its people, traditions and culture, its beautiful nature and landscapes, forests, lakes and rivers, its peacefulness, winter, solitude and silence. Under the prism of jazz and improvisation, the language is closer to the classical and impressionist music of the 20th century with influences of minimalism, folk and popular music.

“Estonian Suite” invites to withdrawal, meditation and inner reflection, even to listen with your eyes closed. The piano is located in the middle of the concert hall, with soft lighting and the audience forming a circle around the interpreter. The proximity of the interpreter and the audience make it possible to listen actively and closely, receiving directly the vibrations of the strings of the piano without intermediation. This is when the music no longer belongs to the artist, but to the listener.

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Radio interview at Spanish Public Radio RNE3, by José Miguel López

Monographic radio interview at Spanish Public Radio, RNE3 “Discópolis”, by José Miguel López

Listen interview (Spanish audio)

Mercè Brey & Iñaki Sandoval: Vision in blue. Barcelona & Madrid, Spain

Iñaki Sandoval´s piano and Mercè Brey´s book “You are the best that has ever happened to you… Love yourself!”, bring us to a self reflective and meditative environment, with thoughts around the sense of our own existence and the ability to develop a better world. More info

Audio Book coming up soon!

First concerts in Madrid (February 14) and Barcelona (February 15), Spain.

Co-organized by ASPEN INSTITUTE España, Casa América, Plataforma Editorial, Vox Populi

The Music of Bill Evans: Iñaki Sandoval & Marek Talts

“The Music of Bill Evans”

Iñaki Sandoval, piano; Marek Talts, guitar

January 13th, JASM, Viljandi, Estonia

Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy graduation ceremony

On June 19th, Viljandi’s Pärimusmuusika ait hosted the graduation ceremony of 2015-2016 academic year. Congratulations to all students!

Tartu Ülikooli Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemia lõpuaktus, Pärimusmuusika Ait, 19.06.2016Tartu Ülikooli Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemia lõpuaktus, Pärimusmuusika Ait, 19.06.2016

 

 

Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, Latvia

Final examinations jury committee at Latvian Academy of Music in Riga (http://www.jvlma.lv)

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