Debra Lew Harder, 4/23/2018

"The word genius is thrown around a lot, but how could you not use it to describe Frank Zappa? Without any significant classical training, he was able to absorb and understand the music of the greatest composers of the 20th century, and put it through the sausage machine of his own personality and emotions.

What came out on the other side was something entirely new and -- I’ll choose another overused word that’s apt in this case -- unique. No one has ever made music quite like Zappa’s, and with such a pure intent: to bring whatever he heard in his head to life, regardless of genre, style or possible stereotypes."

- Jayce Ogren's description of Frank Zappa in WRTI's article:
"How Was Rock Iconoclast Frank Zappa Influenced by Classical Composers of the 20th Century?"

Full Article HERE

David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer 04/19/2018

What’s on the recording is not the same as what’s written in the fresh scores sent to Philadelphia from the Germany-based publisher Schott Music. "A lot of things were created in the moment. … I’m not trying to replicate exactly what’s on the recording,” said [Jayce] Ogren. “I’m taking cues from it. My guess is that Zappa told the players to use their imagination."

Full Article HERE.

David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer 11/15/2017

"Mostly, Slide is a series of songs, some infused by guitar-based rock but not remotely enslaved by pop song forms. There’s the richness of a symphonic movement with the dramatic momentum of an operatic scene. Instrumentation shifted so constantly that the piece was truly on the move even though the dramatic surface is stationary — it’s mainly psychiatric brooding."

Full Article HERE.

David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer 2/12/2015

"The East-meets-West nexus in classical music still comes with so much creative leeway and remains so uncodified that a program titled "New Music From Asia" means that the only possible preconceived notion is the complete lack of one."

Full Article HERE.

Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review 2/10/2015

"The classical tradition may seem fixed, but it’s actually shaped by a never-ending dialogue. In the last week, Orchestra 2001 and the Mendelssohn Club presented concerts that highlighted two aspects of that dialogue: Orchestra 2001 looked at the current state of the cultural dialogue between Asia and the West, and the Mendelssohn Club recreated a historic moment in the dialogue of the eras."

Full Article HERE.

Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review 1/25/2014

"Most of the items on the Orchestra 2001 program contained unspoken statements. The most important of these came from the pieces that featured the young musicians in the Play On, Philly! orchestra."

Full Article HERE.