Photo by Josh Goleman
Ben Wendel Seasons Band
In 2015, Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist, bassoonist, composer Ben Wendel released a music-video art project entitled The Seasons—inspired by a set of 12 piano pieces written and released each month by Tchaikovsky in 1876. Wendel’s modern take on the idea was to compose and release 12 original jazz chamber duets in video format on YouTube with modern luminaries Joshua Redman, Luciana Souza, Eric Harland, Julian Lage, and Ambrose Akinmusire, among others. As the videos garnered acclaim among social networks, the project became an unexpected word of mouth success and was featured prominently in The New York Times (Best of 2015), NPR’s All Things Considered, and The CBC.