William Parker releases recording from Jazztopad Festival



William Parker's new 3CDs box set, "For those who are still", includes a long piece that was commissioned and premiered at Jazztopad Festival in November 2013.

Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still , the 3rd CD of the set, marks the momentous occasion of William Parker's first work composed for symphony orchestra. It was commissioned by Poland's National Forum of Music for premiere performance at the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, and is performed by the NFM Symphony Orchestra (conductor, Jan Jakub Bokun) together with the eight principals of the NFM Choir. Charles Gayle (tenor & soprano saxophones, piano),William Parker (bass, doson ngoni, bamboo flutes), and Mike Reed (drums) improvise both within the composition itself, and as a trio on the long-form prelude, Escapade For Sonny.Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still is dedicated to Rustam “Roost” Abdullaev, a vibrant young Muscovite bassist whose creative life energy inspired Parker greatly on their several meetings.

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