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Hall ‘Quarantine Jazz Ensemble’ Performs ‘Discomotion’

Hall Quarantine Jazz Ensemble.

A group of jazz musicians from West Hartford’s Hall High School created a virtual recording of ‘Discomotion.’

By Ronni Newton

Hall High School Director of Band James Antonucci created a virtual project with the concert band last month, and after that a group of students in the jazz program said they also wanted to record a performance, and took on the challenge of doing a remote project with a favorite tune: “Discomotion.”

“It required layering track upon track (we started with a click and the drums), and many different ‘re-dos’ as we learned the process,” Antonucci said in an email.

He said he has two to three pages of notes that he will be will be able to use as a reference in the fall, in order to try creating remote recording with other music students.

“After meeting with Ike Moemeka and Leah O’Brien for a couple of Google meets, I was able to hand off all the video editing to them and they did a fantastic job as they learned the tech and mastered it so quickly,” Antonucci said. Moemeka is a junior and O’Brien is a senior, and they were able to do with the video what Antonucci did with the audio track.

“We had some hurdles,” he said. “Not everyone could record video, and there were challenges as our signals from our devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets) had very different audio characteristics.

“The overall presentation came out great – because a lot of love went into it,” said Antonucci, who expressed his thanks to the students who participated in the experimental project.

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