The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: Elegies and Recollections – In Memory of Dorothy Carter

In 2003 I received the news that my dear friend and early musical mentor Dorothy Carter had died. Almost immediately afterwards I was inspired to compose this long piece for jazz orchestra, which was eventually released on the JCAO’s “Celebration of the Spirit” CD on CIMP records.

Here is a 2005 concert version.

Dorothy’s music was ethereal and delicate, evoking mythical and ancient resonances. She taught me a lot about the integration of folk music into contemporary composition.

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