Jens Skou Olsen & Butch Lacy
En samtale mellem Jens Skou Olsen, bassist og komponist og Butch Lacy, pianist og komponist om proces, inspiration, ejerskab og køn. Sammen undersøger de her inspirationens, ideernes, værkets og kønnets betydning og vægt i skabelsesprocessen.
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Pianist, komponist og leder af The Music Center
Edward R. ( Butch ) Lacy II
April 16. 1947
Started piano at age 6 and trumpet at age 10.
Formed a jazz quartet at age 12 which performed on radio broadcasts in Richmond.
Started French horn at age 13 and won several awards while in high school at Varina High in Richmond and later at W.T. Woodson High in Fairfax. Twice chosen to All State Bands, once as first chair horn.
Meanwhile, jazz on the piano became more intriguing. Moving to the Washington D.C., area as a senior in high school was filled with deep inspirations at such night spots as the “ Bohemian Caverns”.
Concerts , up close, with “ The Three Sounds”, “ Ramsey Lewis Trio”, “ Les Mc Cann Trio”, “The Horace Silver Quintet”, The Tee Carson Trio”, “The Bobby Timmons Trio” and “Cannonball Adderly`s Quintet”, were breathtakingly moving experiences for an 18 year old boy.
This was in the 1964/1965. ( Was in the audience when Ramsey Lewis recorded “ The In Crowd” ).
May 1963 Invited by Duke Ellington to share his lunch and hear his concert at Randolph Macon College, and received a fantastic lesson from Cat Anderson.
1965 – 1967 Ithaca College, Ithaca N.Y. French Horn Major.
1967 – 1969 N.C. State University, Raliegh. N.C. Civil Engineering major.
At the same time was the “house” pianist at “The Frog and Nightgown”, in Raleigh. Accompanied such fabulous musicians as Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Pepper Adams, Booker Ervin, Clark Terry, Carol Sloane, Lee Konitz, Maxine Sullivan and Charlie Marigno.
Sometimes a pianist wasn`t needed, then I experienced performances of Bill Evan`s Trio, Thelonius Monk`s Quartet and Stan Getz`s Quartet! Wow !
1969 – 1971 U.S.Navy. Pianist in “ The Show Band West”, stationed in San Diego.
1972 - 1973 University of California at San Diego. B.A. in composition,1973.
First professional teaching experience: Improvisation and jazz combos at U.C.S.D.,1973
1973 – 1974 Palomar College, San Marcos, Ca. Teaching piano, combos and improvisation.
1974 – 1978 Tuesday Productions, San Diego. Composed jingles for radio and T.V. Awarded 5
“International Broadcasting Awards” from the Hollywood Society of Radio and Television Broadcasters.
1976 –1982 Freelance composer: 15 soundtracks to documentary films produced by KPBS, San Diego, for the Public Broadcasting System. Awarded several prizes, including an Emmy Award for the music to “ The Whales that Wouldn`t Die”. 1980, San Diego Area.
Also: I.D. music to radio and television stations.
Composed “ Rocket Ball” for the Huston Rockets, NBA. 1982.
1973 – 1982 Pianist in San Diego. Accompanied great musicians including Art Pepper, Sonny Stitt, Blue Mitchel, Harold Land, Frank Rosalino, Herb Ellis, Red Norvo, Don Menza and Buddy de Franco.
Also played with many of the great musicians in San Diego including Ella Ruth Pigee, Hollis Gentry, Nathan East, Bob Magnussen, Jim Plank, Gunnar Biggs, Steve O`Connor, Jeff Rew, Joe Morello and Charles Mc Phearson.
Studied with 2 master teachers Calvin Jackson and Luba Popova.
1976 – 1980 “The Butch Lacy String Consort”. A string quartet combined with a jazz quartet playing compositions by Butch Lacy and guitarist, Peter Sprague. NPR ( National Public Radio) applauded the consort`s music.
1975 – 1981 San Diego State University taught theory, improvisation, combos and directed the big band.
1978 – 1980 “The Arts for Health Foundation”, a non-profit organisation, founded by Butch, with the close assistance of clinical psychologist, Susan Traubridge.
Combining expertise of medical, movement and music therapists, with professional dancers and musicians, programs were developed to take the professional dancers and musicians into institutions for the handicapped and mentally ill. These Programs were developed with the expertise of the therapists from the institutions, working together with Susan and the movement and music therapists of the Arts for Health Foundation and realized by the professional dancers and musicians.
1979 – 1980 Dec. to Jan. “ The Blue Shell”, Tokyo, Japan with drummer David Snodgrass`s trio.
1980 Feb. to Sep. “ Sarah Vaughan Trio”. Pianist, and conductor for Sarah Vaughan. Andy Simpkins on bass, and either Grady Tate or Harold Jones on drums. Conducted both Count Basies`s Band and Henry Mancinis`s Orchestra several times, on tours.
1982 May. “Bobby Shew Sextet”. Tour to New Zealand. Teaching and playing.
June – Nov. “ Sarah Vaughan Trio” with Andy Simpkins and Harold Jones. Also accompanied Billy Eckstein and conducted “The Louis Bellson Big Band “ in a T.V. special featuring “ Sass” .
Dec. 3. to Denmark !
In the beginning, sponsored by The Danish Radio to arrange and compose for The D.R. Big Band and The D.R. Entertainment Orchestra.
1983 – 1985 Det Jyske Musik Konservatorium, Århus. Teaching piano.
1983 – 1994 Pianist, composer, arranger. Started to meet the Danish musicians with the support of pianist Kenny Drew, who was the musical director of “ The Grock” in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.
Continuing to arrange and compose for the Danish Radio. These years gave the gift of producing about 10 compositions and 30 arrangements for The D.R. Big Band and about 40 arrangements and 6 compositions to The D. R. Entertainment Orchestra, 3 pieces for The D.R.`s Chamber Choir and on occasion, conducted The D.R. Big Band.
1992 “ Nord Lyst” for the re-opening, and The Danish National Museum. Queen Margrethe took this piece and the musicians to the Norwegian Royal Family.
In this period composed compositions that have been recorded by:
• Chet Baker, Steeple Chase, “ Two in the Dew”.
• Duo Concertante, EMI, “ Katrine in Memorium” Kim Sjøgren, Lars Hannibal
• Lee Konitz, Jazz Par , “ Skygge”
• Putte Wickman , EMI , ” Take it Easy, Silvia”
• Jens Juul, horn and Ulrich Stærk, piano, Da Capo, “ So,Fa,Ti,Do”.
• Bob Rockwell, Steeple Chase, “ No Rush”.
• Klûvers Big Band, several C.D.`s on several different labels.
• Mad Cows Sings , Stunt Records, “ Moo`s in F”.
Selected list of compositions performed by other artistes include:
• Michela Petri, recorder. “ Opus Pocus”.
• Rosalind Bevan, piano, “ Rosalind Variations “.
• “The Royal Guitars “, “ Waves” ,premiered at “ Expo” in Hannover, Germany, 2000
• Athelas Horn Trio, “ Hum ,Whoosh, Home”
• Kor 72 featuring Palle Mikkelborg, ” One for All”.
• John Scofield and big band, “ Cove Lessons and Trees”.
• Ensemble New with symphony orchestra, big band and choir,” A New Song”.
• The Danish Saxophone Quartet with piano, “ Jazz Speaks of Life”.
• Robert Routch, horn, with big band,” A Theme of Friendship”.Performed also with the Manhatten School of Music`s big band in Lincoln Center, N.Y.
• Mezzo Vocè, vocal quintet with symphony orchestra, “ Plenty Good Room”.
• Danish Radio Big Band:” Beginda`s Blue Bounce”
“ Searching for Words”
“ Out of The Blue”
“ Two Rivulets”
“ Moods and Overcoming Them”
“Sweet Pooper Lucy “
“ Morning`s Dream”
“ Sister Sally “
“ Learning The Dance”
• Danish Radio Entertainment Orchestra:
“Through the Window Through the Door”,
featuring The Bob Rockwell Quartet
“ Songs for Piper and Her Flute”
“ Opus Pocus”
“ So Many Friends”
“ Loving Denmark “
“ Plenty Good Room “
• Danish Radio Chamber Choir:
“ Chrysallis” composition over a melodi of Thomas Kingo.
“ Deep River Blues” arrangement of the melody by L.ouise M.
Handy and Eddie Green.
“ Nådig lad Gud forbarme over mig”
with The D.R. Big Band, over text by N.F.S. Grundtvig.
• Klûvers Big Band:
“ At the Feet of a Dream”
“ A Prayer for Pops, featuring Byron Stripling ( CD )
“ As Men Berians Do”, featuring Gengiz Cevick on saz. ( CD )
“ Sukker and Wah-Wah”, featuring G. Cevick ( CD )
“ Come Sunday “, arranged for choir and big band
“ Syn “ ( Sight ) with the Jyske Opera Choir.
For Århus Domkirkes 800 year`s anniversary.
Pedagogical Compositions :
• Klüver`s Big Band plus youth choir
“ We`ve Got a Song”
“ Gaia”, text by Thorkild Bjørnvig
“ Børnesang og blæserklang”, text by Fl. Quist Møller.
” Spådommen ”, text by Suzanne Brøgger.
”Ode til sanserne”, text by Thorkild Bjørnvig ( sangerdyst )
Pedagogical Compositions (continued ):
“ Ah - La - U - Do Overture “
Kolding Music School 25th anniversary,
50 piece orchestra of students and teachers.
“ Hear Now “ Brøndby Music School.
For a conference of students and teachers from Prag, Berlin,
Oslo and Copenhagen. 225 in all from 8 to 80 years old.
“ Nordiske toner for 9000 nordiske fingre”
For the 1st. international conference of the Nordic Music
School Råd,40 orchestras in all. Several symphonic and wind orchestras, big bands, guitar, recorder and accordian
ensembles, rock bands and a steel drum band, all from the 8
Nordic lands. 900 musicians playing together.
“ Shout “. For all the students in Nordjylland in pre-
conservatory training, classical and rhythmic.
“ A Joyful Noise “. For all of the students at the Rhythmic
This was also performed with classical and rhythmic students
Studying AM ( pedagogical major ) at both the Royal
Conservatory in Copenhagen and the Jyske Conservatory
In Århus. This was the first combined venture, where these
classical and rhythmic students played together.
“ Cello - lu - jah “. 50 cello students from Århus and Esbjerg,
of course with the composer at the piano!
“ Like This”. A piece for a large ensemble of French horn
“ Hello World “.For the teachers and students of the World
Music Center, Århus. This was for their first anniversary .
1983 – 2008 As pianist:
• “Butch Lacy`s Afro – Brasilian Quintet” featuring Desmond Appiah – Boateng from Ghana and Marcello Salazar from Brasil. 1992 – 1994.
• Bob Rockwell Quartet, 1983 – 1986.
• Accompanied amongst others, Mark Murphey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Toots Thielmann, Etta Cameron, Lee Konitz and Chet Baker , Clark Terry, Benny Golsen , James Moody, Red Rodney, Gary Bartz, Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins.
• Duo Concert with Carsten Dahl, Musikhuset, Århus, Århus International Jazz Festival. Also Carsten and I have performed at the opening of Musikhuset in Esbjerg, Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2001, Cafè Chips, Kbh 2002, and Frederiks Bastion, Holmen, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2003.
• Butch Lacy Trio started 2003, with Kresten Osgood and Nils Davidsen. Tours in Denmark and Jazz Festivals in Copenhagen, Ribe and Vensyssel. CD of studio recording from DR, not mixed . The material is my compositions.
• “Funny Band” started in 2004, with Greg Boyd, steel pans, Nikolaj Busk, accordion, Henrik Petersen, bass, Casper Mikkelsen, drums. I`m playing Fender Rhodes.We begin performing in the summer 2005.
• Since 2002 duo with Jesper Riis on trumpet
Compositions for Theatre
1985 – 1990 Music for 3 theatre pieces.
“ Det var en lørdag aften” Rialto Teater, Frederiksberg. It ran 150 performances over 2 years.
“ Hellige Trekongers Aften”, Ålborg Teater
“ Spøgelses Sonaten”, Århus Teater
Compositions for Ballet
1986 – 1990 Marie Brolin Dance Theatre, 2 ballets, “Yerma” and “John Bauer”. Both 1 hour long.
1986 – 2008 Teaching:
1986 – 1994 Teaching at The Rhytmic Music Conservatory. Appointed docent (assistant professor) in 1987
Taught piano, theory, combos and directed the big band. Also, with assistance of the
Frederiksberg Kommunes socialforvaltnings office, was able to bring the students of the
conservatory out to play for lots of people in hospitals, schools and old age centers.
1994 – 2002 Docent at Vestjysk Music Conservatory in Esbjerg. Formed the “ Very Big Band “ in 1995,
which is open for all students, classical and rhythmic. VBB based its programs on folk music and specialists in each type of folk music, joining the band. The students and Butch, on occasion, composed and arranged music based on the folk music the specialist chose to present.
The programs of The Very Big Band:
• 1995 Danish folk music from Fanø with violinist Peter Urbrandt.
• 1996 “ ASA “, music from Ghana. VBB was joined by students from Center for Rytmisk Musik og Bevægelse in Silkeborg. Desmond Appiah – Boateng, from Kumasi, Ghana was featured.
• 1996 Music from Bosnia, Iran, and Turkey. There were students at the conservatory in Esbjerg from these 3 countries and they were featured. Money was raised from the concert tour and 37.000 kr was sent to the conservatory in Sarajevo from the Very Big Band.
• 1997 Music from China. Master musician, Shao Ben from Bejing, was featured.
• 1998 Music from Letland and Esonia. “ The Baltic Return “ sponsored by the Danish Culture Institute provided this event. Music from these countries was the basis for the program and VBB travelled to Riga and Tallin and was joined by students from the conservatories there. The Very Big Band became huge!
• 1999 VBB composed and performed music for the opening ceremony of the European Youth Olympics in Esbjerg.40 European countries were represented.
• 2000 “ Miles and Monk “ featuring singer Janet Lawson from New York.
• 2001 “ Ribe Amt “. VBB composed and recorded the soundtrack to a film on Ribe Amt. This music was expanded into a concert program and taken on tour.
• 2002 “ Peace on Earth “ with the assistance of composer Hans Abrahamsen, the Danish Red Cross, and Amnesty International, a program of original music was created by the students and presented in concerts. The highlight of this project was playing at a Red Cross refugee center on Langeland, in Denmark.
Several programs were realized with the students in Esbjerg to go out into the community and make music. Performances have been presented at many community centers
( forsamlingshuse ) in Ribe Amt. Also projects with handicapped adults and children, in Esbjerg, have been realized.
1994 – 2001 Composed 4 pieces for The Very Big Band:
“ Katrine in Nail Soup”, melodi from Fanø.
“ Openings Openner” , for the Youth Olympic`s Openning,melody from Greece.
“ I Mean You “, a composition over Monk`s melody,featuring Janet Lawson. “ Se frem men ej tilbage”, a composition that uses a melody by Carl Nielsen.
2000 – 2008 Started courses in” Music and Meditation” at Munach at Djursland together with Jørgen Høher. “The Music Center” established in 2002 with 10 programmed courses a year, continues the theme, “Music seeks the musician”
2000 – 2002 Together with Desmond Appiah – Boateng, offering courses in “ Rhythmic Music for Professional Classical Musicians”. Sponsored by the Danish Musicians Union.
2002 – 2008 Teaching hovedfag+combos på Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium.
Besides the full time docentur, and after that period too, I`ve held clinics and workshops for all the Danish Conservatories and many music schools, especially
1996 The first ”Thad Jones Competition” of the Danish Radio. Jury member, along with Bob Brookmeyer and Dick Oatts.
2000 August. The Budapest Jazz Orchestra. Conducted a 10 day workshop, ending in a tour of Hungary.
2001 December: Conducting the “Budapest Jazz Orchestra” and participated as a member of the jury and offering master classes to big band conductors in the first “ All Hungarian Big Band Festival and Composition,
2002 Feb.4,T.C.Electronics, an international company, has a system of “Core Values”.A “jazz band”
is a metaphor used as a modal for the flow of communication within T.C.Electronics. With the
assistance of T.C.`s Carsten Lebeck and Jakob Blake, a presentation for 120 employees of T.C.Electronics was held at Jyske Musikkonservatorium. Butch conducted the presentation
with the assistance of “Chappe” Jenson and the big band from the conservatory, in a “real life experience” of communication within a jazz band and its parallels within a company structure.
2003 “Arts in Business” in London made a symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland. I made a presentation about my work with T.C. Electronics.
2004 Klûvers Big Band. Travels to Toronto, Canada with my music, texts translated to English, and performed with hundreds of Canadian children singing.
Has recorded with:
Chet Baker Putte Wichman
Red Rodney Bob Rockwell
Bobby Shew Lee Konitz
Gary Bartz Klüvers Big Band
2002 “Solo but not alone “ Butch Lacy solo piano, Stunt Record
Newer compositions, arrangements and recordings:
2002 “Svantes lykkelige dag” for Poul Dissing and The Radio Big Band.
2003 “Have a little faith in me “ recorded by Etta Cameron and The Radio Big Band. Stunt Records
2004 “ Made in Europe “ recorded by Caroline Henderson and Radioens Underholdningsorkester.
Also, “ Lush Life “ , “ You`re My Thrill “ and “ Mother Earth “. Stunt Records.
2004 Arrangements for Dena de Rose and Klûvers Big Band.
2004 Arrangements for Kurt Elling and Klûvers Big Band
2007 4 arrangements for Caroline Henderson for DR TV transmission from Østre Gasværk during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival
2008 4 arrangements for Caroline Henderson to be recorded for a new CD
2006 With Suzanne Brøgger on her “Blå Biografi”
2006 TV special from Copenhagen Jazz House and Suzanne Brøggers ”Blå Biografi”
2003 Commissioned by “Prinsens Livregiment”, Skive to compose “Princes Alexandra`s March” CD enclosed.
2004 ” Sazz “ for Ken Peplowsky, clarinet and Klûvers Big Band
2004 Aros Art Museum, Århus, premiered “oreloB This is not a bolero” for string Orchestra and Klûvers Big Band plus other compositions. See CD.
2005 Commissioned to compose for the 5 States Ensembler in Jutland and large childrens choir and was performed in Rundetårn, København.
These ensembles included Esbjerg Ensemble, Randers Ensemble and Det jyske Ensemble.
2005 “Den grimme Ælling” for the Orbit Big Band. Released on the CD “Fairytales.
2205 “To Paradise with Song” for Dorthe Zielke, trumpet, and Søren Johannsen, organ. Released on CD
2005 “Hum Whoosh Home” Athelas Horn Trio
2006 “My Cup Runneth Over” for Dorthe Zielke and Søren Johannsen
2006 “Doors Part I and II” for Klûvers Big Band and the Aros Camerata Strings
2006 “I like Numbers” for Klûvers Big Band and the audience sings
2007 “Nå Sådan” for all the musicians in Djursland. A one hour piece performed 3 times with 100 musicians and singers.
2007 “Ode to the Wonder Muscle” for the Århus Studenter-Sangere
2007 “Old Traditions…New Roads” for Århus Studenter-sangere
2007 “It`s Not What You Think” for all the teachers at Den kreative skole i Silkeborg
2007 “Wo-De-O” commissioned by the 8th World Symposium in Copenhagen in July 2008. The piece was completed in August 2007
2007 Named in the “International Who`s Who of Choral Music”
2008 Jan. 29. “It`s Not What You Think” Multi Media Show for Den kreative skole, Silkeborg
Music Butch Lacy, Text Ingrid Mejer Jensen
Performed by a 40 piece ensemble including singers, with dancers and light show
2008 March: 3 arrangements for Caroline Henderson`s new C.D. “No 8” on Stunt Records.
“I Got Lost in His Arms” Irwing Berlin
“But Not For Me”, George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin
“Riverman”, Nick Drake
2008 June: 3 arrangements for Caroline Henderson and Den kongelige livgardes musikkorps on the 250 anniversery of the Musikkorps.
”Mother Earth”, Chatman and Simkins
”Made in Europe”, Kasper Winding
”In the Wee Small Hours og the Morning”, Hillard and Menn
2008 July 24.: “Wo-De-O” commissioned by the “8th World Symposium of Choral Music” is performed by the great “Schola Cantorum Corolina, from Cuba, in the Opera in Copenhagen during the symposium.
2008 July: “Wo-De-O” is published by Samfundet and later by Edition Peters in USA
2008 Aug .Sept: Recorded “Sløret”, text and sung and recited by Suzanne Brøgger. Marilyn Mazur, Hans Ulrik, Uffe Steen, Poul Høxbro and I played along
2008 Oct 3rd : Arranged 2 songs by Saul Zaks performed at the University of Southern Demark`s Annual Festival. The SDU chamber choir, conducted by Saul Zacks, accompanied soloist Heidi Herløw in the performance which was attended by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
• Du â min renaste trôst; Saul Zaks & Karin Boye, text
• Nâr natten skânker frid, Saul Zaks & Gunnar Bjorling, text
2008 Oct: “My Cup Runneth Over” commissioned and performed by Dorthe Zielke and Søren Johanson recorded in Christians Church at Christianshavn, Copenhagen
2008 Oct: Completed the piece ”Mirages of the pyramids” for Klûvers Big Band and the Aros Camerata strings. This piece works further with the harmonic principles I discovered when working on “My Cup Runneth Over”.
2008 Nov: Caroline Henderson accompanied Queen Margrethe of Denmark to Tanzania and performed, with my arrangements, for the Queens`s “returmiddag” festivities for the Queen`s hosts in Tanzania
2008 Nov. 22th: Arranged John Lennon`s Goodnight for Caroline Henderson`s performance in the Danish Radio`s live TV transmission on “The White Concert”, a tribute to the “White Album” of Beatles
2008 Dec. 8th: Solo improvisations over selected paintings for 200 children at the Herning Museum of Art
2009 May-June 6 arrangements for Caroline Henderson`s new CD, “Keeper of the Flame”. One of the songs includes the Copenhagen Boy`s Choir
July Composed a piece for “Young Brass” from Skanderborg, “Young Viking`s with Horns” premiered at Musikskolebiennalen for new composition music 2009 Nov. 2009
August – March Composing and arranging the music for the Budapest Jazz Orchestr s 10th Anniversary CD
2010 Feb. 4 string arrangements for Hanne Boel`s newest CD.
2010 Oct. Completed a composition, commissioned by The Syddansk Universitets Symfoniorkester with support from Statens Kunstfond entitled “ To The Future History”
2010 Dec. 2 arrangements for Caroline Henderson and The Copenhagen Boys Choir, Duke Ellington`s, “Come Sunday” and the Swedish folk song “ Visa Från Utanmyra”
2011 Jan. To Budapest to record the album I have composed for the Budapest Jazz Orchestra
The Important Facts:
Two fantastic daughters, Piper, 1974, and Lil,1985.
Karen, wife and blessed friend and her wonderful son and daughter, Jakob, 1980, and Agnete, 1983.
2 granddaughters Lilah and Ariana.
Home pages: www.munach.com
Member of: The American Federation of Musicians, local 325, San Diego.
The Danish Federation of Musicians
The Danish Federation of Composers
The International Association of Jazz Educators.
The Who`s Who of Choral Music
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