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Our release for August 2014, the "Sicilienne, Op. 78" by Gabriel Fauré, was something completely new for us: a transcription of an orchestral piece from the European classical tradition. Originally written in Belle Époque Paris (1893) for cello and piano, it was orchestrated for a London production of "Pelléas et Mélisande" (Maurice Maeterlinck) in 1898 and is now often performed in a suite of incidental music written for that play..

The Belle-Époque (1871-1914), a period of peace and prosperity in France, saw the rise of the French bourgeoisie and many of the things we now associate with the City of Lights: the Eiffel Tower, the Impressionist and Expressionist movements in painting, the Art Nouveau style in the decorative arts, the Moulin Rouge, the Folies Bergère and the Bohemian lifestyle in the cafés of Montmartre.

A “sicilienne” in classical music is characterized by a limping rhythm in triple time. Composers have typically used it to convey a calm, pastoral feeling. In this case, we couldn't help putting just a little swing on the 8th note to give it more energy and remind the listener that we are in 21st century New Orleans. The groove is dancey, the melodies are all singable and memorable. The trio section features some nice interplay between the accordion and banjo and dissolves into the whole-tone scale before returning to the G minor section and an optimistic coda.

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from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded June 2nd, 2014 @ Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA.
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Aurora Nealand - Alto saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drums


Produced by Ben Schenck and Bill Deputy
Session engineered by Mike Seaman
Mixed by Bill Deputy
Graphic design by Daniel Murphy and Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles

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Panorama Jazz Band / Panorama Brass Band - New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

"New Orleans' genre fluid jazz band"

The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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