Grammy winner Ted Nash to lead SBCC composers in concert at Museum of Art | Culture & Leisure

Published on June 30, 2022
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Ted Nash performs with students at the 2021 Summer Jazz Workshop. (Courtesy photo)

Grammy Award-winning musician and songwriter Ted Nash will lead a group of musicians from the Santa Barbara City College Summer Jazz Seminar in a free concert of original music, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 on the Terrace front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), 1130 State St.

The pieces are all inspired by or are musical interpretations of artwork from the museum’s Going Global – Abstract Art at Mid-Century exhibition.

The Ted Nash Concert: The Sound of Art will share the creative achievements of students during a two-week workshop held from June 27 to July 8. During his fourth summer as Artist-in-Residence at SBMA, Nash led the band through a unique songwriting process using artwork as inspirations for new musical compositions.

The SBCC Summer Jazz Seminar is led by returning director Andrew Martinez. “Having a theme as an artwork can make the process of creating music less daunting. It also helps that Ted can communicate complex ideas and concepts to everyone and make them understood. We are very lucky to have him. here with us,” Martinez said.

The workshop started Zoom again with Nash walking students through the compositional process he’s used in the past when drawing inspiration from specific paintings. The next day, the students visited the SBMA galleries to choose an artwork as the subject of their composition. Taking photos and detailed notes, they remained in the museum long after the visit was over.

“It’s wonderful to continue our longstanding collaboration with the incomparable Ted Nash for a fifth year and our second year of partnering with SBCC on The Sound of Art,” said Patsy Hicks, director of education at the museum.

“As always, it’s exciting to see students connect with original artwork – this year with the global language of abstract expressionism in the Going Global exhibition. Most exciting of all are the creative compositions that emerge from this exploration and expression of one art form in another,” she said.

The first week of the workshop continued via Zoom as Nash joined the class virtually, offering feedback and suggestions to students as they composed new music for their jazz ensemble.

The Ted Nash Workshop is supported by the SBCC Music Jazz Program Fund through the Santa Barbara City College Foundation. Funding for the museum comes from a grant from the Robert and Mercedes Eicholz Foundation.

To learn more about SBMA exhibits, events and collections, visit the museum website.

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