In 2015, Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist and composer Ben Wendel released a music-video art project entitled ‘The Seasons’ inspired by a set of twelve piano pieces written and release each month by Tchaikovsky in 1876.
Wendel’s modern take on the idea was to compose and release twelve original jazz chamber duets in video format on YouTube with modern luminaries Joshua Redman, Luciana Souza, Eric Harland, Julian Lage, and Ambrose Akinmusire, among others.
As the videos garnered acclaim among social networks, the project became an unexpected word of mouth success and was featured prominently in The New York Times (Best of 2015), NPR’s All Things Considered, and the CBC.
In 2016, After viewing an expressionist painting by Lee Krasner at The Whitney Museum entitled ‘The Seasons,’ Wendel decided to expand upon the original duets project by reimagining the arrangements for a five-piece ensemble.
The Seasons album was released on Motéma Music in October 2018 to critical acclaim.
Opening the show will be tenor sax duo AuB, signed to Edition Records.