Master’s composition recital featured pieces with themes of civil rights, recent political upheaval
October 12, 2017
The Humanity Project by WSU student Alison Poteracke was a composition that did something fresh, by taking inspiration from great jazz composers.
I could detect Cannonball Adderley and Duke Ellington’s influence while listening to her composition, and was genuinely pleased to hear it.
The majority of the composition was very good, the WSU Jazz Big Band did a phenomenal job, and so did the guest soloists, Elaine Martir on flute, Jacob Ward on clarinet and Kiya Fife’s vocals.
The composition has six movements ranging in theme, including the Syrian conflict, the Pulse Orlando Shooting, gender inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the first movement, “No Window Panes Left in Aleppo,” Poteracke introduces the composition with a piano piece that circled like the old GameCube and was pulled tight by the drum kit, piano and vibes, making the song more mature.
The first movement wasn’t extremely intricate, but the piece was still well-composed, playing off the simplicity of the song like Ellington did back in the day.
The vibe solo sent the song to Aleppo, fitting the piece appropriately despite the feeling of being stuck between a ballad and a Latin chart for the majority of the movement.
The movement ended abruptly, leaving it like the war-torn country of Aleppo: broken.
The fourth movement, “Love is Love is Love,” featured clarinetist Jacob Ward and was one of the more moving pieces of the entire suite. He convinced me of the…