“The more frightening the world becomes...the more art becomes abstract.” —Kandinsky
Painter Vasily Kandinsky created his most iconic works amid the chaos of the early 20th century.
His Composition series of paintings were the grandest expression of his artistic ideas treating the canvas as a score for his symphonies of color and form.
The first three of these paintings were labelled “Degenerate Art” by the German Nazi Party, confiscated from the Bauhaus School, and destroyed during World War II seventy-five years ago.
“Lost Works” is a suite in three movements composed by trumpeter Josh Lawrence celebrating the legacy of Vasily Kandinsky and eulogizing his lost masterpieces.
Supported by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program, the suite was filmed live at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia for Lawrence’s visual album “Lost Works Live” featuring his ensemble with Caleb Curtis (saxophone), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Luques Curtis (bass), Anwar Marshall (drums), Brent White (trombone), and Adam Faulk (Wurlitzer).
Lawrence and company will be performing the suite and more new music on March 18 at Jazz Standard in New York with special guests Antonio Hart (saxophone) and Robin Eubanks (trombone).
Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed
trumpeter and composer. His ensemble was dubbed “an all-star outfit” by The New York Times.
Bandmates include alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, drummer Anwar Marshall, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Luques Curtis.
The quintet’s third album Triptych is now available on Posi-Tone Records.
A "preeminent voice among young composers" (Downbeat 2017), Lawrence has received awards from Chamber Music America, the American Composers Forum, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Lawrence also codirects the Fresh Cut Orchestra and is a member of pianist Orrin Evans' GRAMMY nominated Captain Black Big Band.