Bill Stevens

My second major project for 2016 will be presented on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Silvana on 116th Street. The Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio will be presenting the Spoken Word Project.

At 6:00pm we will perform the spoken word suite, "Restless Motion" based on the poetry of Joan Egeland-Scott with recitation by Ira Rosenberg and Jamie Winnick which had its premier at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe followed by a performance at the 5C Cafe in 2013.

Then at 7:00pm the Trio with Ira Rosenberg on spoken word recitation will premier for the first time "Le Jetee". Le Jetee is a spoken word piece based on the narration to the 1962 film by Chris Marker, "Le Jetee". The musical content of this work is based on the Modes of Limited Transposition of Olivier Messien.

In last months blog, I introduced and spoke to the suite, "Restless Motion", my inspiration upon reading the set of poems, "Restless Motion, Poems of Block Island" by Joan Egeland-Scott, the utilization of folk themes and the use of simple pentatonic structures.

This month I will speak to the second piece in the Spoken Word Project, "Le Jetee" based on the spoken word narration to the film Le Jetee by Chris Marker. The idea of story telling through improvisation based solely on the Modes of Limited Transposition of Olivier Messien. For quick access to these blog postings, refer to the tabs above to access my blog page.

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On June 24, 2016 I had the amazing fortune of performing my new suite "As Though I Had Wings: a suite for Chet Baker" at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The music and spoken word recitation was composed and arranged by Bill Stevens and featured Bill Stevens on trumpet, Josh Sinton on bari sax and bass clarinet, Corey Larson on guitar, Paul Pricer on upright bass and Brian Woodruff on drums. With spoken word by Ira Rosenberg. I was truly humbled at the level that these performers brought to my music and their ability to bring my concept to life. I am forever grateful for their contribution in fulfilling a dream to its conclusion. I am also thankful for the audience of friends and family, as well as those interested in celebrating the legacy of Chet Baker who came out for the event, as well as a thanks to the OKB Trio for their second set performance. Please find below the complete live stream video of the performance.

Video of the Bill Stevens Group performing "As Though I Had Wings, a suite for Chet Baker" followed by the OKB Trio - June 24, 2016

 

lema sabachthani, double CD 2012

lema sabachthani, the 15 movement suite based on the series of

paintings by the abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman

entitled "The Stations of the Cross" is available for Download

at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and Band Camp (see links below).

The Barnett Newman Foundation has granted permission for

the images of the paintings to be used as part of this project.

The replication of the images on the 2 cd album version are

stunning and crystal clear and can be purchased through the

CD Baby, Amazon and Band Camp links below.

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View the video to listen to Bill explain the inspiration behind this project.

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