It was a Guelph Jazz Festival performance of epic proportions.
Friendly Rich Marsella brought together 1001 Arabian Nights, more than 17 musicians, kids of all abilities, a church full of listeners, some uncommon instruments, musical theatre, and balloons. He put a new face and sound on Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade for the symphony's 125 birthday and the Guelph Jazz Festival's 20th anniversary.
The spectacle was the highlight of a summer of rehearsals and instrument-building driven by Marsella's work as Improviser-in-Residence at Musagetes/Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (ICASP), the close academic partner of the festival.
Friendly Rich's Scheherazade again demonstrated the wonderful performances that can be created by enthusiastic professional and amateur artists of all ages and abilities working together, motivated by the festival's core commitment to community engagement.
The free noon-time concert on September 7 filled the sanctuary of St. George's, one of the largest churches in Guelph, right up to its vaulted ceiling, and kept listeners listening, laughing, and totally engaged with music and theatre designed for all ages.
– Brett Delmage
Read more about the 2013 Guelph Jazz Festival:
- Guelph 2013: Espousing music of the moment (review)
- Guelph 2013: The Indigo Trio soars and leaves the audience exalted (review)
- Guelph 2013: Matt Brubeck pushes the cello's boundaries in a solo concert (review)
- Guelph 2013: World Percussion Summit breaks the borders of rhythm (review)
- Jesse Stewart's Gnomon Variations a timely arrival for 20th Guelph Jazzfest
- Guelph Jazz Festival celebrates 20th Anniversary with World Artist Summit Sep 3-8
All photos ©2013 Brett Delmage