Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble – 10/25/17

7:30 PM, OLIN CONCERT HALL

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com.

The Olin Concert Series welcomes back Frank Carlberg for a concert of big band music featured on his newest CD, Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares. Carlberg was the first-ever Visiting Artist in Music at Bates College from 2015-2016.

MONK DREAMS, HALLUCINATIONS AND NIGHTMARES, the new large ensemble recording from Frank Carlberg (on Red Piano Records), draws its inspiration from the work of Thelonious Monk. The album taps into the atmosphere and orbit of Monk; infected by, informed by, in awe of Monk, and presented as an act of love and respect. The pieces generate their shapes from splinters, cells and feelings found in and around Monk’s music, as well as from his verbal utterances in the form of advice and/or cryptic observations. MONK DREAMS, HALLUCINATIONS AND NIGHTMARES is not intended as a tribute album, but rather as, “a celebration of the beauty and vitality of his music that has impacted me profoundly,” explained Frank Carlberg. “I thought it fitting to present this recording during the Monk Centennial year, 2017.” Why Monk? Carlberg explains: “For me, a Monk-inspired project is quite personal. Monk’s music has been central to my musical life from very early on. The clarity of his thought, the uncompromising nature of his art, the emotional impact Monk’s music has made on me; this recording is a culmination of all these elements, and being able to record this music with these remarkable musicians is really a dream come true for me!”