The 360° Jazz Initiative Ensemble is jazzing up the Kenan Music Building.
Tonight, it will premiere six pieces of music in a free concert featuring the skills of UNC Music Department faculty and a composition from sophomore Trevor McPherson.
The concert is part of the ensemble’s annual Score Submission competition. It invites composers to submit their work — which, if selected, will be performed by the esteemed faculty musicians.
This year, the ensemble received 33 submissions, and McPherson’s “Contra Mundum” made the cut.
“It’s going to be extremely cool for me because I’ll hear what I hear in my head,” McPherson said.
Written this summer while dealing with family struggles, “Contra Mundum” — which means “against the world” in Latin — comes from an emotional place for McPherson.
Although music has been an important part of his life for years, McPherson began training as a jazz pianist upon coming to UNC with music professor and ensemble member Stephen Anderson.
Anderson, a strong force behind the founding of the Initiative, said the mission of the group was musical progression and innovation.
“We’re at an interesting point in the history of jazz where there’s already now 100 years of jazz that has taken place,” he said. “And we want to draw on that history of the past, but not just repeat it.”