Seattle Collaborative Orchestra presented the premiere performance of composer and trombonist Andy Clausen’s orchestral suite This Is Water. The work was commissioned by our Music Director Anna Edwards, and it is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s orchestral interludes in his opera Peter Grimes. Both works, along with the west coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto were presented at our Spring concert on 4 April 2017.
Andy is a New York-based composer, trombonist and 2014 graduate of both The Juilliard School and Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. The New York Times has described his work as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm… The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers… It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.”
Read more about Andy and This Is Water under Featured Composers – Andy Clausen.