Chris Walden / Kurt Elling

Missa Iubileum Aureum: Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass

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Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558285424
Catnr: ORIGIN 82854
Release date: 04 November 2022
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Origin Records
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0805558285424
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ORIGIN 82854
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04 November 2022
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From his own big band albums, to his Grammy-nominated Symphony No. 1, or his hundreds of credits in film, TV, and writing for some of the world's biggest artists, composer/arranger Chris Walden has never shied away from monumental musical challenges. With Missa Iubileum Aurem, Walden was commissioned by trombonist and Napa Valley entrepreneur Ted Hall, in celebration of his 50th Wedding Anniversary, to find an original approach to melding jazz with the awe-inspiring tradition of the liturgical Mass. Recruiting "cantors" Kurt Elling and Tierney Sutton, along with the Los Angeles and Bay Area artists of the LMR Jazz Orchestra, and organist Simon Berry with St. Dominic’s Schola Cantorum choir, Walden has created a soaring masterpiece. Ted Hall's 55-year dedication to connecting 2000 years of liturgical music with jazz began as trombonist with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band at The Village Vanguard. Performing on the 1969 national PBS broadcast of The Requiem Mass for Robert Kennedy led to Hall’s first uncompleted work in 1970, followed by a Dmitri Matheny-penned New Millennium Mass, Spiritu Sancto - performed at San Francisco's St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, midnight, December 31, 1999 - and ultimately, this Missa Iubileum Aurem, celebrating love and the promise of eternal spiritual life, as a singular, joyous Golden Jubilee experience.
Von seinen eigenen Big-Band-Alben über seine für den Grammy nominierte Symphonie Nr. 1 bis hin zu seinen Hunderten von Auftritten in Film und Fernsehen und dem Schreiben für einige der größten Künstler der Welt hat sich der Komponist und Arrangeur Chris Walden nie vor monumentalen musikalischen Herausforderungen gescheut. Mit der Missa Iubileum Aurem wurde Walden vom Posaunisten und Unternehmer aus dem Napa Valley, Ted Hall, anlässlich seines 50. Hochzeitstages beauftragt, einen originellen Ansatz zu finden, um Jazz mit der ehrfurchtgebietenden Tradition der liturgischen Messe zu verbinden. Mit den "Kantoren" Kurt Elling und Tierney Sutton, den Künstlern des LMR Jazz Orchestra aus Los Angeles und der Bay Area sowie dem Organisten Simon Berry und dem Chor der Schola Cantorum von St. Dominic's hat Walden ein beeindruckendes Meisterwerk geschaffen. Ted Halls 55-jähriges Engagement für die Verbindung von 2000 Jahren liturgischer Musik mit dem Jazz begann als Posaunist der Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band in The Village Vanguard. Die Mitwirkung an der 1969 landesweit auf PBS ausgestrahlten Requiem-Messe für Robert Kennedy führte 1970 zu Halls erstem unvollendetem Werk, gefolgt von der aus der Feder von Dmitri Matheny stammenden New Millennium Mass, Spiritu Sancto, die am 31. Dezember 1999 um Mitternacht in der katholischen St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco aufgeführt wurde, und schließlich zu dieser Missa Iubileum Aurem, die die Liebe und das Versprechen des ewigen spirituellen Lebens feiert und ein einzigartiges, freudiges Erlebnis zum Goldenen Jubiläum darstellt.

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Seven-time Grammy® nominated German-born composer/arranger/conductor CHRIS WALDEN has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than 1,500 orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, SEAL, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, and orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops. He has worked closely with producers David Foster, Tommy LiPuma, and Phil Ramone.

He most recently served as lead arranger for the Academy Awards (Oscars®), he arranged for and conducted the Kennedy Center Honors and arranged the National Anthem for Jennifer Hudson's performance at the SUPER BOWL XLIII. His recent film credits as a composer include the feature films The Terror of Hallow’s Eve and King Of Herrings. For many years Walden worked as arranger for AMERICAN IDOL and the THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno. He has been musical director on many TV shows and series, and has worked on more than 150 CDs. As an arranger and bandleader he has worked with jazz artists including Diana Krall, Herb Alpert, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Chris Walden began writing compositions and arrangements at the age of 16 for local high school bands. After graduating at 19, he joined the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a trumpet player. At the age of 21, while he was studying composition and arranging at the University of Cologne he started writing arrangements for German radio big bands and radio symphony orchestras. As assistant to his mentor Peter Herbolzheimer, Walden arranged music for the OSCAR® nominated film Schtonk.

After receiving two master's degrees in music, Chris Walden conducted both the RIAS Big Band in Berlin and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, served as musical director for the televised German Movie Award Show for four years, and composed music for German films and TV before emigrating to Los Angeles at the age of 29.

As a guest conductor, he led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Munich Symphony, and many more.

Although Chris Walden learned composing, arranging, and orchestrating the traditional way, with pencil and paper, he explored the possibilities of computers for sequencing and notation early on. As a result he prefers to orchestrate, program, and conduct his music himself.

Since 1999 Chris is leading his own big band recruited from top studio musicians based in Los Angeles. Chris has served as trustee on the national board of the Recording Academy and past president of ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.)

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