Tehani Sarreal & Bob Barboza Mayan Visual Jazz Opera
The Making of a Mayan Visual Jazz Opera
Visual & Performing Ats
Mayan Visual Jazz Opera: Tehani
Andy Steadman and Jane Barboza
Abel & Iris Barboza
Bob Barboza's Mayan Visual Jazz Opera Composer's Planning Notebook
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Composer Bob Barboza Visual Jazz Musical Scores
Composing Music for a Mayan Visual Jazz Opera Concert and STEAM: Educational Workshops
Composer Bob Barboza is experimenting with writing music for Roalnd Handsonics. Yamaha wind controllers, and electric pianos and synthesizers. We have to use a wide variety of cue to play a wide vanity of electronic musical instruments. We have received some wonderful coaching from both the Roland and Yamaha musical cooperations and we are very excited about using some of their most creative instruments. Bob Barboza's job is to coordinate the visual artists, spoken word artists, and the special musicians both adults and children of the Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra. This year we will be experimenting with integrating modern dance into our museum performances. We are very excited about introducing radio sound effects, world music, jazz and ordinal visual jazz music to young audiences. This will be our second jazz opera that took full advantage of modern dance and spoken word during our concerts and workshops.
STEM to STEAM Workshops:
Bob Barboza has been collaborating with USC's Mission Science Program. This past summer they worked on the Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project. This summer we are exploring the possibilities of exploring the science, technology, engineering and mathematics that goes into manufacturing electronic musical instruments.
Mayan Visual Jazz Opera Musical Score:
Bob Barboza worked on 80% of the musical score for the Mayan Visual Jazz Opera in Ufa, Russia. The rest of the score was complete on the 12 hour plane flights to and from Russia. He used an iPad with a special piano app to write the music. He use and iPhone to test out some of his musical ideas and a Mac Book Pro to listen to Russian Music and other sound effects that are all part of a visual jazz opera. This site contains some of his planning notes and doodles. The full version will be available in a special STEM and STEAM e-Book. More information will be available in the upcoming days.
STEAM: Visaul and Performing Arts Notyebook
Chaac the Rain God and his Helpers
Mayan Story Tellers P5
Mayan Legend of Chaac The Rain God
Mayan Inspired Art for Fables
Scene Two Visual Jazz Notes by Bob Barboza
The Mayan Viusal Jazz Rain Dancers
Mayan Visual Jazz Storms
Visual Jazz Opera Composer's Notebook
The Fifth World Legends
Mayan Conversations for Jazz Opera
Calendar for Mayan Visual Jazz Opera
Viaul Jazz Sound Track Planning
Bob Barboza's Mayan Visual Jazz Notebook
Mayan Music Influences: Visual Jazz Opera
The Making of a Mayan Visual Jazz Opera:
Composer Bob Barboza works from his notes as he assembles all of the moving parts to his upcoming Mayan Jazz Opera. He keeps a special sound effects journal and a collection of drawings that he integrates into his musical score. The goal is to work from the influences of the Mayan Culture. This year we will add modern dance and special techniques in the area of video art. More information will be added on these topics in the days and weeks to come. The purpose of this page is to share the art and notes with the various team members that are located in Cape Verde, Italy, Canada, Russia, and various parts of the USA.
The musicians on this project will have to read traditional and high tech musical scores. We will be working with the ordinal members of the Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra.
The art you see below in a modern day interpretation of Mayan Art that is used to tell a story in the year 2012. We are always influenced by the past. However, we are creating new legends and fables and we are using the latest electronic instruments to help to put drama into our new stories.
This is a very exciting project from a musical viewpoint. It has all of the elements of jazz and classical music rolled into one score and at the same time it has deep rhythmic influence of the Mayan Culture.
The Making of a Mayan Jazz Opera
Tehani Sarreal Dancer Mayan Jazz Opera
Welcome to the making of our Mayan Visual Jazz Opera. Our goal is to create the sound track for an original Maya inspired fable/legend by composer and journalists Bob Barboza.
Tehani Sarreal is the dancer that has been chosen to tell the story of "Chaac the Rain God and Jaguar Boy."
Tehani has the background of a dancer and Cultural Anthropologist. We invite you to listen to her complete inter at Kids Talk Radio USA.
Dancers Concept Drafts
The Fable of Chaac the Rain God and Jaguar Boy
Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra
Plans are underway for Bob Barboza second Jazz Opera, The Legend of Chaac the Rain God and Jaguar Boy. This time Barboza will work with the Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra for the music and it will highlight dancer Jennifer Tehani Sarreal, Michael Morera on saxaphones and the Yamaha WX5 Wind Midi Controllers, Jon Hartmann on keyborads and synthesizer, Ronnie Ciago on Roland Electronic Drums, and Bob Barboza on bass and Roland Handsonic Drums and Yamaha Wind Controllers.
The Fable of Chaac The Rain God and Jaguar Boy
This is a visual jazz opera based on the modern day fable of Chaac the Rain God and the battle with Jaguar Boy over the sacrificing of young women and children. Only Jaguar Boy can stop an execution. The orchestra plays four movements with four distinct rhythms. Each rhythm is accompied by a mystical dance. These dances are used to please the gods and to induce them to strike the clouds and to cause the rain to fall. If the rain does not fall, more women and children must be sacrificed.
The Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra is influenced by the Mayan music, dance, art, historical accounts and legends. The orchestra plays colors, moods, rhythms, jungle sound effects. It supports the narration and fable with jazz improvisation, historical melodies and mood music. The orchestra consists of electronic handsonic percussion instruments, electronic drums, electronic pianos, fretless bass guitar, synthesizers and acoustic and electronic wind MIDI controllers. Audiences will experience piano and soprano saxophone solos inspired by the Mayan culture.
The Making of A Mayan Visual Jazz Opera Video & Paintings
What is a visual jazz opera? Our main goal is to combine: music, art, dance, spoken word, legends, fables, electronic music and the Mayan influences into a composition that will be shown at museums and schools. We intend a few concerts that are designed for adult audiences. We are experimenting with painting with electronic instruments. Our projects involve the Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra and we use some techniques from "Old Time Radio."
The videos and paintings above is from Revere La Noue. He is working on the best ways to present our jazz opera with painting and video. He is a very creative and talented artists and he add a new demention to our projects. This is an example of what you might see while the sound effects orchestra is playing the sound track behind one of our Mayan legends.
Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra
Jon Hartmann Keyboards Mayan Jazz Opera
Jon Hartmann has collaborated with Bob Barboza for over twenty years. Jon is a Los Angeles based Jazz piano player that has played with Steve Wonder among others. We have chosen Jon for the Mayan Jazz Opera do his skills as a composer, performer and jazz improviser. He add color to our stories. Jon has produced numerous CD's and he performed with Bob Barboza as a member of the Long Beach Jazz Messengers. He will now work with Bob at the Museum of Latin America Art in Long Beach. They will collaborate on new composition as we make the connection with music and art. There is much more on Jon Hartmann coming in the weeks to come.