ANFTD #61: Anna Webber


Dave and Anna talk about how she develops her elaborately wrought compositions and her surprising sources and inspirations. Her path as a player of flutes and saxophones. Highlights her new release on Pi Recordings, Clockwise. Anna has a good radio voice.

About Anna:
Anna Webber is a New York-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. Her new album, Clockwise, featuring a septet comprised of several of the most creative musicians working in New York’s avant-garde, will be released on Pi Recordings in February 2019.

Webber’s other projects include her Simple Trio, with John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell, and a big band co-led with Angela Morris. She has performed and/or recorded with projects led by artists such as Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Dave Douglas, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, John Hollenbeck, and Geof Bradfield, among others.

Webber is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. She has additionally been awarded grants from the Shifting Foundation (2015) and residencies from the MacDowell Colony (2017), the Millay Colony for the Arts (2015), and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2014). In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop. Webber is originally from British Columbia.
 

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Preview ‘In It Together’ from ENGAGE


We've posted an excerpt from the second second piece in the ENGAGE Subscriber Series, which features Anna Webber on bass flute. You can listen on below or on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube.

The suite features Dave Douglas, Anna Webber (alto and bass flutes, tenor sax), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jeff Parker (guitar), Nick Dunston (bass), and Kate Gentile (drums). Click here for details.

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SUBSCRIBER SERIES // ENGAGE: In It Together – Track 2


ENGAGE Two: In It Together

This second piece in the ENGAGE suite forefronts the struggle for wealth equality worldwide. Inequality is one of our most pressing problems, exacerbating many of our other challenges.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) works on these issues in institutions, with public financing towards sustainable economic growth, ‘green growth’ strategies and equality in the workplace. The OECD recent Secretary-General's report says we have reached a tipping point. Inequality can no longer be treated as an afterthought. We need to focus the debate on how the benefits of growth are distributed.

As we play this piece, we stay engaged in this common goal for all global citizens, our commitment to pitch in on the enormous tasks in front of us. All of us.

As a composer, I foresaw the music being released track by track. I like the idea that a listener would focus on a single track for several weeks, perhaps reflecting on its inspirations, and be open to the news of the next track as it is revealed. Hope this mode of release resonates.

Anna Webber plays bass flute on this track.

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY December 3, 2019.

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