368 songs, 41 hours 28 minutes
Sam Boshnack Quintet:
Nellie Bly Project (ARC-2772)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kansas City – The Artists Recording Collective (ARC) label, is pleased to announce the latest recorded release by Seattle-based composer and trumpeter, Samantha Boshnack.
“Fresh, smart, and bold describe Samantha Boshnack’s Nellie Bly Project. Inspired by the pioneer female American reporter from the late 1800s, Boshnack weaves significant quotes by the journalist into a shifting musical tapestry. Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochran) defined a true woman as “innocent, unaffected, and frank.” While Boshnack’s sound embodies more life experience than what could be described as innocent, listeners will hear an unaffected and frank approach to writing, improvising, and recording…. Boshnack’s music stretches and sings with refreshing strength.” – Steve Griggs, Earshot Jazz.
Sam Boshnack Quintet’s second album, Nelly Bly Project (ARC-2772) is an illustrative and evocative musical portrait of a hero that Boshnack has admired since a young age. Bly was a 19th-century daredevil feminist and journalist who worked within extreme confines to achieve great things for both the subjects she covered (including mental health and prison facilities), and for women in her field. The album moves between the narrative and abstract, creating an imaginative world that channels Bly’s groundbreaking spirit.
Pre-order Nellie Bly Project! You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released, on August 18, 2017
Samantha Boshnack trumpet & vocal
Beth Fleenor clarinet & bass clarinet
Alex Chadsey piano & keyboards
Isaac Castillo upright & electric bass
Max Wood drums
Valerie Holt and Anne Mathews vocals (tracks 1 & 3)
Anne Whitfield spoken vocals (tracks 2 & 4)
Recorded by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Evan Schiller at zulusound, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA
Album artwork by Steven Arntson
Album design by Anne Mathews
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Growing up in upstate New York, you might expect a young jazz talent to head for the Big Apple, the legendary “jazz center of the world,” but trumpeter Samantha Boshnack came to Seattle. She’ll tell you it was a great decision.
Sam is a dedicated composer as well as a player, and she told us about working with her large ensemble, the B’shnorchestra, that working with those she admires as players and people is what she loves about jazz.
Live in the KNKX studios, it was obvious that her band loves playing her music with her.
Complex, multi-faceted movements are her specialty, and after three extended tunes, our studio audience felt like we’d been on an epic journey. One word that kept coming up was “cinematic,” and one piece – “Seventy-Two Days” from her soon-to-be-released Nellie Bly Project album – sounded like a short film about the dynamic journalist, inventor and daredevil feminist from a century ago.
Alongside Beth Fleenor on clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals, this session was another reminder of the wealth of female jazz talent in the Northwest. These are world-class musicians who are sure to produce and inspire generations of talented young jazz women, in the Seattle area and beyond.
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THE NELLIE BLY PROJECT (ARC-2772)
We are pleased to announce a soon to be released recording of the new work by composer Samantha Boshnack – inspired by the life of daredevil, feminist, journalist & iconoclast Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922). A live premiere of the work was presented in concert in 2014.
FROM THE COMPOSER
SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET
Sam Boshnack | trumpet & compositions
Beth Fleenor | clarinets & voice
Dawn Clement | piano & keyboards
Isaac Castillo | bass
Max Wood | drums
A WORK OF FOUR MOVEMENTS
I. Expositions – This movement is about looking at Nellie’s fiery and spirited, yet persistent and intelligent personality. I have incorporated Bly quotes as lyrics here – “Energy rightly applied can accomplish anything.” At the age of 20 she responded to an extremely misogynistic article entitled ‘What Girls Are Good For’ in the Pittsburgh Dispatch. This letter impressed the editor and he requested in his column for the writer to come forward. The next day she showed up in person at the newspaper’s office and managed to push her way into a career in journalism. Her only education had been one term of boarding school. Bly went to on to be regarded by her contemporaries as “the best reporter in America.” In one of her stories Bly defined a “true woman” as- “Innocent, unaffected and frank.” These were definitely three virtues she liked to project- she committed her life to causes she believed were important even though those around her were constantly trying to “put her in her place” and make her cover topics deemed more suitable for her gender.
II. After One is In Trouble – this movement is about Nellie Bly’s Madhouse exposé. In 1887, Bly had talked her way into the office of Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper, The New York World, and took an undercover assignment for which she feigned insanity and investigated reports of brutality and neglect at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. She was committed there for 10 days, experiencing atrocious conditions and putting herself in grave danger. Her reports (which were later published in book form) brought her lasting fame and caused major changes in how the City of New York cared for and diagnosed insanity. When she described her attempts to get committed she said – “It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.” She began her “lunatic” role-playing at a working class boarding house. Only one woman cared about her and tried to help her. After just one night, the police were summoned to take her away to the courthouse. The judge had her examined by several doctors, who all declared her to be insane.
III. 72 Days – is based on Nellie Bly’s book Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, in which she set out on a race around the world to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record, while the whole world watched and cheered her on. The idea for this story was hers, but she had to fight hard to make it happen because her editors did not believe it could be done. The two telling quotes I extracted from her book are – “It’s only a matter of 28,000 miles… I shall be back again” and “I would rather go in dead and successful than alive and behind time.” Once again we see Nellie being unaffected by the immense task before her and with an absolute conviction that she would succeed. The two methods of transport available to her were railroad and steamship – I have incorporated the rhythmic elements of these modes into the music as well.
VIDEO – The Nellie Bly Project: Movement 1 – Expositions
Wayward Music Series
Chapel Performance Space
Live Premiere Performance – May 9, 2014
Audio recording engineer – Robb Kunz
Video editing – Brianna Atwell
Video by Latona Arts
This concert was made possible thanks to the generous support of 4culture