Greetings from the jazz realm.
Flat Five had the honor of being included in Lynchburg's first Classical Revolution. Classical music meets the juxtaposition of an "unconventional" venue. In this case, those in attendance found themselves enjoying a variety of chamber ensembles, including a soprano sax/cello duet, a strings trio, and a saxophone quartet.
As I stood there enjoying the beautiful sounds filling the downtown speakeasy, my brain did not quite know what to make of it. Having been through two different collegiate music programs, it was ingrained in me that during a performance of anything "classical", you sit quietly, giving the performance your undivided attention. However, in the context of the a restaurant/bar, that rule did not hold true. But, after scanning the room and seeing the level of attention the normal patrons of the establishment gave the music, I realized something. That was exactly why were there that evening. People who would never set foot in a recital hall, probably ever, were giving some if not all of their attention to an art form they may have never had an interest in. It was relieving to say the least.
Flat Five took the stage around 5 minutes after 9. From our warm up jam to the final note of Josh's wonderful arrangement of the standard Caravan, I felt connected to every musician in that room. I fed off the creative energy of each person on stage and in the audience alike. All the rehearsals had payed off. The chance to finally present our music and our sound to a public audience ties everything together.
Flat Five got its start as a happenstance combo playing the reception of a small wedding. From our first rehearsal on the stage at Sydnor Performance Hall, it was clear a strong chemistry was present between us all. With just a few select performances, the vision of the group has always been to play the jazz we have always wanted to play as individuals. Charts and originals deemed inappropriate for other gigs and other groups. I feel as though no idea for a new chart has been denied. Everything is given a fair chance. Part of that, though, is the combined knowledge of each member of the group. I feel truly humbled by each member of that group and consider myself lucky to create with them on a regular basis.
Be sure to make time for the next Classical Revolution. You may be surprised. Keep your ears open for Flat Five's next public performance. We would love to share this with you.
Try and find the time to experience something new. You may be surprised.