First CD Release!

Cube-3.jpg

 

Renolds Jazz Orchestra - Fritz Renold (band leader) & Helen Savari Renold (co-band leader)

 

Short Biography

The Renolds Jazz Orchestra (RJO) is a group of international musicians led by Fritz Renold and Helen Savari-Renold. The orchestra is put together for exclusive productions of original works and special make-overs of standard repertoire to be premiered at the jazzaar festival in Aarau, Switzerland. The RJO also ventures on concert tours and makes special appearances at other music festivals.

 

Long Biography

The Renolds Jazz Orchestra (RJO) is a group of international musicians led by Fritz Renold and Helen Savari-Renold – musicians and organizers of the jazzaar music educational festival in Aarau, Switzerland. The orchestra is assembled for exclusive productions of original works and makeovers of standard repertoire to be premiered at jazzaar. The members of the orchestra hail from a variety of geographical and musical landscapes, chosen according to the need of the production at hand but each artist is always an established performer in his/her own right.

RJO’s debut performance was a Duke Ellington tribute concert in 1999 that featured many members of the Ellington orchestra in the band. The reception from audience and musicians was so heart warming that the performances of the Renolds Jazz Orchestra fast became a tradition at jazzaar concerts in the consequent years.

In 2000, the RJO performed the ‘Three Penny Opera – live in Aarau’ at jazzaar for a centennial celebration in honor of Kurt Weill, the legendary European composer famous for this celebrated work of 1928. It was an instrumental performance and an improvisational dialogue instead of the original version with vocals. The interesting dialogues were realized by bringing together musicians from traditional to contemporary jazz and European classical to southern Black American backgrounds in each section of the orchestra.

The orchestra went on to render an original work in 2001 called Ecclesiastes – a gospel oratorio, written by Fritz and Helen together with Barrie Lee Hall Jr. The orchestra this time even included 30 gospel singers imported from Houston, Texas and parts of Europe. It was indeed an exclusive performance but the recording is still waiting to be released.

Another grand production performed by the RJO at jazzaar was the Euphrates and Tigris Suite in 2003. This instrumental work was also an original composition by Fritz Renold, his first in the style of world-music writing with influences from jazz, classical and middle- eastern music. A recording of this work is also pending release in the near future.

The latest RJO production was the Cube, another fusion jazz and world music production written by Fritz and Helen, this time with vocals. This was recorded in 2005, and released on CD in 2008 under Shanti Records, Inc.

Renolds Jazz Orchestra is expecting to perform and record again some new original compositions by the Renolds in the near future. The RJO also ventures on concert tours with the existing productions and makes special appearances at other music festivals.

 

Album Bibliography

 

- Cube Composition and Arrangement by Fritz Renold & Lyrics by Helen Savari-Renold

Shanti Records

Released April, 2008 (CH), Oct 2008 (USA)

Patrick Furrer (Conductor), Helen Savari-Renold (voc), Fritz Renold (ss, as, acl, cl), Greg Tardy (as, cl), Tommy Smith (ts, ss, fl), Donny McCaslin (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Alto Flute), Bernd Konrad (bcl, bars), Willie Murillo (Ltp, flh), Randy Brecker (tp, flh), the late Barrie Lee Hall (tp, flh), Steven Bernstein (tp, stp & flh), Amir Elsaffar (tp, cor, flh), Vincent Gardner (tb), Patrik Lerchmüller (tb), David Taylor (tb), Jamshied Sharifi (p), Miroslav Vitous (b), Adam Nussbaum (dr), Willy Kotoun (perc)