The Split Stream Big Band
The Split Stream Big Band is a stylistically flexible 15-piece ensemble dedicated to performing new works by Andy Clausen. Formed in 2009, the ensemble has premiered over 20 original works for large Jazz ensemble, inspired by the orchestrations of Gil Evan’s, the rhythmic cycles of Gamelon music and the harmony of Igor Stravinsky. Winning the 2009 Gerald Wilson Award for Jazz Composition from The Monterey Jazz Festival, Clausen’s compositions and his “Split Stream Big Band” have been hailed by the New York Times as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm…The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers…It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.”
The Split Stream Big Band has performed at The Juilliard School, Tea Lounge, Shapeshifter Lab, and The Royal Room.
“Split Stream” was the name of the composition, by Andy Clausen, an industrious young trombonist. Most of the players in his 10-piece band, crowding one end of the room, were his classmates at Roosevelt High School. A few others hailed from Garfield High School, which like Roosevelt is a reliable favorite in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition. The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers, notably the trumpeter Riley Mulherkar, then a Garfield senior. It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age." - The New York Times