Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Video: UNT’s One O’Clock Lab Band releases Lab 2012, hoping for Grammy nom
For the first time, one of the tracks includes a music video.
Miles Of Shades (UNT One O’Clock Lab Band)
The six-time Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band released its most recent album, “Lab 2012” on Friday.
Those hoping to hear the ensemble’s latest music will have the opportunity at its first of three album-release events, Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Syndicate.
The lab band has been putting out an album every year since 1967.
“It’s like UNT’s football team winning the Super Bowl,” One O’Clock Lab Band director Steve Wiest said. “It is one of the largest collections of recorded music for any university-level ensemble in the world.”
The album this year consists of nine tunes, each ranging from five to six minutes long. The music ranges from jazz to blues to fusion.
This is the first time one of the tracks is accompanied by a music video. Lab band members and jazz studies master’s students Jenny Kellogg, Aaron Hedenstrom, and Tyler Mire composed the video titled “Miles of Shades.” Peter Rand was responsible for the animation.
“You can compare it most to ‘Fantasia,’” jazz composition senior Drew Zaremba said. “Except instead of specific images, this is a very abstract video.”
There were 19 members in the One O’ Clock Lab Band last semester, with four students each having one of their compositions recorded on the album.
Kellogg wrote a tribute to her golden retriever Abby, who passed away last August. She said her piece portrays the different stages of a dog’s life, puppyhood, adulthood, and old age.
“The puppy stage is kind of an unknown soprano solo,” Kellogg said. “I told the soloist, ‘Pretend you’re in a new place and don’t know what’s going on. You’re trapped and confined.’”
Zaremba was hesitant about presenting his composition to Wiest, but figured criticism from him would help him grow.
“His opinion is very well respected,” Zaremba said. “Criticism from him is only going to help you. He’s not going to say something negative just to be negative.”
After his first piece didn’t measure up to the lab band’s style, Zaremba decided to start from zero and write a new one within four to five days. His composition, “Race to the Finish,” ended up being the closing piece on the album.
“The One O’Clock Band has a certain component of new music that pushes the envelope in musical style,” Zaramba said. “It’s very much open, but it cannot be a recreation of what has already been made.”
Wiest said the band releases the album every August, right in time for it to be eligible for Grammy nominations.
The CD can be purchased online at the UNT Music Store, Pender’s Music, or the Jazz Office for $15. Wiest said funds benefit students and help pay for travel expenses, music operations, and scholarships.
In addition to producing albums, the band tours the Dallas-Fort Worth area to promote its music and UNT’s jazz studies program.
For more information about the lab band and its upcoming events, visit jazz.unt.edu/oneoclock/.
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