Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble at Rubin Museum, NYC

brightrushingworldOn Friday January 17th, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble ( will present a concert previewing their upcoming album on Navona Recordings, “The Bright and Rushing World.” The performance at New York City’s Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street. Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 on the day of show; Museum Member Price is $16.20 (available at the door).

AnyWhen Ensemble is: Douglas Detrick, composer and trumpet; Hashem Assadullahi, saxophone; Shirley Hunt, cello; Steve Vacchi, bassoon; and Ryan Biesack, percussion. Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon will perform substitute for Vacchi on 1.17.

The Bright and Rushing World, an ambitious addition to this singular composer’s list of accomplishments, is a 10 movement suite, made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2011 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This extremely competitive grant attracts over 150 applicants every year. The album will be released in March 2013 on the Navona label, an imprint of Parma Records.

From Douglas Detrick:

I composed The Bright and Rushing World over nine difficult months. Persevering in this struggle gave me a sense of ownership over the work — I knew everything there was to know about it. But, after all that time I still didn’t know what the title should be. And I was shocked. At first it seemed like clumsy, ignorant neglect, but soon I realized something important — the piece didn’t need me any more. Now that it was finished, it was ready to go out into the world, and it wasn’t about to wait for me to give it a name. In a moment of clarity that surprised me with its intensity, I wrote this ten line poem from which I drew the title of the piece and of each movement. I had finally given the piece a name, but it had taken that long to give it the right one.

The Bright and Rushing World

the door is open
and you watch as he goes out
a seeker, insubmissive
into the bright and rushing world,
who, over years in your care,
you never thought to give a name.
you gasp and ask aloud
how can you live without a name?
a question so weightless it floats away
on the wind of his leaving.

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About the ensemble:

We believe in the unexpected. Our signature instrumentation sets us apart, but we make our real impact through bold new compositions that integrate chamber music conception with jazz spontaneity. We believe that great music can happen anywhere, anyhow, anywhy, and anywhen — ours is fitting music for this bright and rushing world.

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble ( performed at the Jazz Gallery and the Stone in New York, Center for New Music in San Francisco, and on festivals including the Festival of New Trumpet Music curated by Dave Douglas, and the Is That Jazz? Festival in Seattle, WA curated by Tom Baker. The group has also performed and given master classes at colleges across the country including Cornish College of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Oregon, and Willamette University.

Douglas Detrick is a composer and trumpet player from Portland, Oregon. Equally at home as a performer and a composer, he is a versatile and eclectic musician establishing his reputation as an innovator in jazz, chamber music, electronic music and improvised music. AnyWhen Ensemble is his primary musical project, but his music has also been performed by the NOW Ensemble, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and Brian McWhorter’s Beta Collide, and recently conducted the Cherry Blossom Arts Orchestra in his Downbeat Student Music Award-­‐Winning arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Single Petal of a Rose.