As part of The Jazz Gallery Fellowship, our two 2018 recipients—saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Lage Lund—will each spend a week at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, New York. Both Lund and Shaw are busy sidemen, working with the likes of Roy Haynes, David Sanchez, Maria Schneider, and Tom Harrell. These residencies will give Shaw and Lund rare and much-needed time to devote to their own composing.
For both musicians, the residencies are an opportunity to write without a specific end goal in mind and explore new methods for creativity. Shaw—who just completed his residency—focused on the initial spark of inspiration, coming up with ideas that he could continue to hone after the residency. “I basically wrote down sketches based on my experiences up there,” Shaw writes. “I tried to focus on one a day. I wrote about anything that came to mind while being in the house alone… the state of the world… being in an isolated area, not really having much physical contact with anyone…. as well as the things I saw outside of the huge window in the living room of the house.”
Lund will begin his residency next week, and he too is letting the creative process lead the way, rather than forcing things. Lund writes, “I know from experience that what works best for me is to write without any preconceived notions of what the music is supposed to, or should be. My plan is really to just spend the week writing and recording all day every day to generate as much material as possible—and only after that find a format and concept that will be a good fit for the project.”
During the residency, on July 10, Lund will present a concert with his working quartet, featuring saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Orlando Le Fleming, and drummer Jochen Rueckert. For more information and tickets, click here, and stay tuned for more updates about Shaw’s and Lund’s Fellowship projects.