Black Elk's Dream, jazz composer and trumpeter Bill Mobley's work for jazz sextet and orchestra, will be the centerpiece of a concert in the Fenway Center on Wednesday, April 23. The performance is produced by Berklee Woodwind chair Bill Pierce, and is part of the wide-ranging State of Jazz Composition Symposium being presented throughout April 2014 by Berklee's Jazz Composition Department.
The sextet, all Berklee faculty members, includes Mobley on trumpet, Pierce on tenor saxophone, Shannon LeClaire on alto saxophone, Matt Marvuglio on flutes, Tony Germain on piano, Phil Palombi on bass, and Ron Savage on drums. They will be supported by the Berklee World Strings, an improvising chamber orchestra led by Berklee professor Eugene Friesen.
Black Elk's Dream is Mobley's musical representation of the life and times of legendary Oglala Sioux leader Black Elk. The piece was recorded live with Orchestre d'Auvergne, in Clermont Ferrand, France, in October 2012, and is available on the Space Time Records label.