Uncajed Melodies hit right notes

Uncajed Melodies hit right notes

Observer writer

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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SOOTHING sounds filled the air at the fifth staging of Uncajed Melodies held at the Philip Sherlock Centre on The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Mona campus in St Andrew on Sunday evening.

First held in 2014, the show has built a reputation of providing high-quality classical entertainment. And Sunday's event was no different.

A full house was on hand as the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) of The UWI caressed the ears of the audience. They performed a wide range of musical numbers. The show — which was divided into three sections: classical, jazz and contemporary — showcased the versatility of the ensemble.

Under the directorship of renowned composer and musical director Peter Ashbourne, the ensemble left the audience with a feeling of tranquillity.

“The show has been calming; the first two sections were classical and jazz, two genres known as calming music. The performances were strong. It was a calming vibe,” Michael Small, a first-timer at the event, told the Jamaica Observer.

The classical section of the show saw performances such as Brandenburg Concerto N o 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sweet December by Peter Ashbourne and Alvin Campbell, Concertino for Flute and Piano by Cecile Chaminade, and Symphony N umber 35 by Joseph Hayden.

Jazz sounds included Killer Joe and Afro Blue by Benny Goldson, La Fiesta by Chick Corea, and Nobody Knows You ( When You're Down and Out) by Jimmy Cox. It was performed by vocalist Darryl Roberts. Various solos during this section earned cheers from members of the audience.

Closing on a high note, the section of contemporary music featured performances of Tuxedo Junction, Bonanza Ska, and a medley of themes from the James Bond film series arranged by Ashbourne. Guests praised the group for a job well done.

Special guests Orville Hammond and Stephen Shaw-Naar also delighted on the keyboards.

CAJE comprises current students and graduates of The UWI. It started with the appointment of Ashbourne as a senior music fellow. He created two ensembles at the Philip Sherlock Centre and added a vocal group in 2016.

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