Flint & Steel Resident Byron Asher releases “Skrontch Music”

October 25, 2019

2016-17 Flint & Steel Resident Byron Asher has released “Skrontch Music”, an iterative composition project that explores the histories and lineages of jazz in New Orleans through contemporary composition and improvisation. The initial composition was written for a 10-piece ensemble. Incorporating elements of sound collage and primary source documents, the piece addresses the intertwined histories of the formation of New Orleans jazz and anti-Jim Crow activism, setting them in a contemporary soundscape that resonates with today’s musical and political landscape. The piece was researched and composed during Asher’s Flint & Steel Residency.