Produced for the
National Steinbeck Center (2012)
- Produced a film, wrote two books, and composed the music and sound for three Exhibitions (2010 to 2012) at The National Steinbeck Center about the people who lived in or were touched by Chinatown in Salinas.
Produced for the
2017 Monterey Jazz Festival
by Bob Danziger and Dan Ouellette
Brandenburg 300 Project Videos
- A day in the life of Monterey through the prism of a jazz classical arrangement of the 1st movement of the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. This special arrangement is for any solo instrument playing in any octave, in this case the cello (as played with an EWI). Visuals are a different music notation system using video capability invented for this piece.
- Magic Steps is a combination of excepts from two of the most challenging and memorable pieces of music ever written: The “Queen of the Night” from the “Magic Flute” by Mozart, and John Coltrane’s solo in “Giant Steps”. I chose this to end (at least for now) the Brandenburg 300 Project because the Brandenburg is the first music heard on the Voyager Spacecraft Golden Record that recently left our solar system, and “Magic Flute” is the last. This recording, like all of them, rests on the extraordinary talents of Albert Wing, Mike Miller and Pat Woodland. I cannot describe the pleasure of experiencing their genius and humanity that making this music allowed me. I hope that the future discovers their work, and my context. It’s been over 10,000 hours of work, all of it, I assure you, passionate and committed. There is no fame or financial reward – only 4 CD’s have been sold to strangers in all these years (and there is no other way to listen to the body of work in the order I think it needs to be listened to) – but I (hope and) believe this is something I was put on this earth to do. As you listen to this final piece, please know this is a gift to my friends, and a prayer to my God. Bob Danziger
- Brandenburg 621 Art Space Music
- This music, sound and images are the Brandenburg 300 Project’s tribute to the Golden Records on the Voyager Spacecrafts that carry Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, and left our solar system in 2012. Brandenburg 621 (Voyager 2) is a jazz-classical crossover of the 1st and 2nd movements of the Sixth Brandenburg Concerto by Bob Danziger and the Brandenburg 300 Project. The video features paintings by some of the great painters of the last 600 years: Da Vinci, Hongzhong, Ligare, Rembrandt, Shen Zhou, Van Gogh, van der Kool and Vermeer. The video builds on the history of the U.S. space program, and in particular the decision to go to the moon. President Kennedy launched the effort in a speech at Rice University, proclaiming “We choose to go the moon . . .Not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” And within 10 years we landed on the moon. Almost incomprehensible back then, fifty years later, in 2012, Voyager became the first man-made object to ever leave our solar system. Voyager was launched in 1977. On the side of the two Voyager spacecrafts is a Golden Record, a time capsule of music, images and speeches that it was hoped would one day be encountered by beings somewhere else in the universe. The Brandenburg Concerto is the first music on the Voyagers Golden Records and a picture of our collective soul to the rest of the Universe. The version on Voyager is by Karl Richter and the Munich Bach Orchestra. The Voyagers may wander for 50 billion years, and the engineers tried with every fiber of their being to create a record that could last longer than human history. They engineered the Golden Record to survive at least until they get to the closest stars we know about, if not for the whole journey. We will not know if they succeeded, but I can tell you for sure that they tried. It will take Voyager 1 40,000 years to get to the star AC + 79, and Voyager 2 another 256,000 years to get to Sirius. As of March, 2014 Voyager 1 has travelled 16.1 billion miles, and Voyager 2 has travelled 15.5 billion miles. Also included are images of Dr. Martin Luther King — the greatest voice in US history, and Oleg Penkovsky who is credited with preventing an actual shooting nuclear war between the United States and Russia at about the same time as president Kennedy’s speech. Music and video arranged and played by Bob Danziger. Music mixed by Pat Woodland. Images and paintings are provided to the public domain by Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, Museums and Wikimedia Commons, except “Landscape with an Archer” painted by and courtesy of David Ligare.
- Brandenburg 22 Rembrandt, Brandenburg 23 Vermeer
- A music video of the Brandenburg 300 Project’s Brandenburg 22 Rembrandt featuring Albert Wing, and Brandenburg 23 Vermeer featuring Mike Miller. Bob Danziger plays the EWI and the recordings were mixed at Abbey Road. The music is a jazz classical crossover version of the 2nd and 3rd movements of the Brandenburg Concerto #2 using instruments and recording techniques not available in Bach’s time. For more information go to www.Brandenburg300.com.
by Bill Minor, accompanied by Bob Danziger
- Linus Pauling: A simple video with the “Linus Pauling” song as the sound track. It was recorded in the early 1990’s by a band we had then called Danz/Beat.” It was also when Mike Miller, Albert Wing and I first played together. We became the “Brandenburg 300 Project.” Dave Holland gave me a license to record the music baased on his song “Conference of the Birds.” Cliff Hugo plays the bass on this version. Also, Fred Mandel on keyboards and Sinclair Lott on drums. Bob D on vocals. Recorded Live. Put together by Ian Gardiner,
- From Monterey, California, Bob Danziger and the Brandenburg 300 Project wish you peace and happiness in these unsettled times. God Bless you all. Featuring paintings and photographs by (in order of appearance) Armin Hansen, Jules Tavernier, Alfred Mitchell, Edgar Payne, Franz Bischoff, Chip Hooper, David Ligare, Kenneth Parker, Paul Kozal, Cara Weston, Granville Redmond, Percy Gray, Andrea Johnson, E. Charlton Fortune, and Bob Danziger. The music is a new English Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn and Flute arrangement of the “Ashokan Farewell,”, and a hammer dulcimer and mandolin arrangement of “Master’s Work.” Images were contributed by the Josh Hardy Gallery, Trotter Gallery, Weston Gallery, Winfield Gallery, David Ligare and Kenneth Peterson. Ashokan Farewell, by Jay Ungar, is licensed through the Songwriters Guild of America. Also includes “Master’s Work.” arranged with hammer dulcimer (Bob), Mandolin (Russell Ives and/or Joe Craven)
I have had the opportunity to participate in many projects through the years, none more interesting and satisfying than the Shades of L.A. project. This is a video of a celebration held many years after the Shades of LA had ended, and features a wonderful speech by Kathy Kobayashi, one of the founders and managers (along with Carolyn Kozo Cole). I know the video is around an hour – but it is well worth watching. (November 2013)
Produced 27 videos for Monterey’s 4th of July celebration concert at the Golden State Theatre in Old Monterey that replaced its traditional outdoor fireworks display (2014 – 2015).
[Videos not currently on-line]
I play some kalimbas on the opening segment used on the record. They played an extended version of my kalimba work at the opening of their tour at Royal Albert Hall in London. A very funny thing happened, which is described in detail in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Energy Independence.”