PROJECTS OF THE BENTLEY 2019-2021
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Debut of the Jazzical Symphony Orchestra in 2021
JAZZICAL ROCKS - the 8th CD in the series by Jazzical creator, pianist and orchestrator Joel A. Martin. Features the Jazzical Symphony Orchestra performing of 90s rocks songs set to swinging, funky Brazilian grooves! Music by Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Britney Spears, Stone Temple Pilots, Staind and more!
A bonus track of Samuel Barber's "Must The Winter Come So Soon" will be included.
The Jazzical Symphony Orchestra is coming to audiences worldwide in 2021. Look out!
New Duo CD Out With Cellist Eugene Friesen
Spontaneous improvisations and duets with multiple Grammy-winning cellist with the Paul Winter Consort, Eugene Friesen
and pianist Joel A. Martin aka The Bentley.
“On their debut CD Friesen & Martin have shared an intimate, joyful, and emotional musical conversation that is both original and authentic.” – EFM Newsletter
“A Perfect Sunday” presents Friesen & Martin in a casual but elegant program of classics and originals. Including music by jazz composers Dave Brubeck and Antonio Carlos Jobim, classical greats Gabriel Fauré and Alexander Scriabin, plus original pieces that showcase Friesen & Martin’s playful musical dialogue and soaring lyricism.
This is music for music’s sake, beauty for beauty’s sake, and has been described as “a portable oasis.”
Jazzical Komitas: Passion of Fire
Jazzical Komitas, to be released in Fall 2021, features pianist/composer/producer Joel A. Martin with many special guest artists including Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, the Gomidas Choir of NYC, Armenian opera singers, US jazz artists, and instrumentalists. And quite possibly a world famous Armenian rock god...
Komitas was introduced 1.5 years ago to pianist/composer/producer Joel A. Martin at a small Armenian dinner in Queens NY. Joel, whose career includes multiple projects and tours with Grammy Award winners Kathleen Battle (opera superstar), Disney composer Alan Menken, among many others, was intrigued, a “new” music he had not encountered before. 6 months later he sat down and started seriously listening to the music and was overwhelmed with the beauty of Armenian music, and Komitas. The music flowed out of him over the next 3 weeks, and word of Joel’s work spread through the Armenian community globally. An invitation to attend the World Congress on Information Technology brought Joel to Yerevan, Armenia in November 2019, which cemented his new relationship with and love of Armenia.
Joel was moved by the simplicity and power of Komitas’ music, and Armenian folk songs. Many people throughout the world do not know of the greatness of Komitas and Armenian music. They will soon in 2021 when a world tour takes place!
Repertoire for Jazzical Komitas:
1. Garun a - Komitas - solo piano
2. Dance of Echmiadzin - Komitas - piano and orchestra
3. Al Ayloughs - Komitas- piano and orchestra
4. Shushiki - Komitas - piano with jazz trio and woodwind ensemble
5. Sareri Hovin Mernem - piano and string orchestra
6. Bari Arakeel - Serj Tankian - piano/vocal/chorus/orchestra
7. Chinar Es - Komitas - piano and orchestra
8. Hoy Eem Nazanee Yaru - Komitas - piano, chorus and string orchestra
9. Hoy Nazan Im - Komitas - soprano, piano, violin and string orchestra
10. Armenian Procession in A minor - piano jazz trio with orchestra
11. Belanie – Armenian Folk Song - piano and orchestra
12. Armenian Folk Song in 5/4 - piano jazz trio with orchestra