Appalachia Re-Imagined: Appalachian Folk Songs Arranged For Jazz Sextet

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Caleb Henry McMahon (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The combination of genres is nothing new; different traditions have influenced each other throughout the known history of music. There are numerous examples of this happening specifically with jazz: Latin-influenced jazz has a wide variety of subcategories, the hard bop era had a significant influence from more popular forms of funk and soul, and jazz fusion is the combination of jazz and rock. For this project, I arranged four Appalachian folk songs and one original song to be performed by a jazz sextet. The goals of the project were threefold: to build more knowledge of arranging techniques and formats, to create a work that would honor my Appalachian roots in a genuine and original way while paying dues to the jazz tradition, and to give and roughly document a performance of all original arrangements that was separate from my senior recital.

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Honors Project
McMahon, C. (2018). "Appalachia Re-Imagined: Appalachian Folk Songs Arranged For Jazz Sextet." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
Appalachian folk music, Jazz, Composition, Arrangement

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