With the catastophic effects of the pandemic on the arts, and performing ensembles in particular, John has been working on a series of arrangements of large scale orchestral works for a smaller ensemble.
Inspired by the chamber arrangements created for Schoenberg's Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, John has arranged several major scores by Mahler, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev and Shostakovich for an ensemble of 14 players. More are in preparation, and specific requests will be considered.
The size of the ensemble enables social distancing in both rehearsal and performance, and provides the opportunity for performing groups to broaden the range of works available for performance in these difficult social and economic times.
The works are all scored for the same forces. Standard doublings are called for in the woodwind parts, and percussion requirements are light. There are no timpani, nor any brass instruments, beyond two horns. The concept of "chamber" music is retained throughout. More details on the works available can be found here.
Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band are recording a number of John's arrangements for their next album. Already in the can are John's arrangements of Lennon & McCartney's Yesterday, Jobim's Samba de Uma Nota Só, Gershwin's Walking the Dog and Julian's own composition Song for Claude. And currently nearing completion is a large scale suite for the band arranged from Bernstein's West Side Story.
Release date is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be in late 2015.
John's arrangement of the Morross/LaTouche song Lazy Afternoon that appeared on Tina May's highly acclaimed recent album My Kinda Love has been attracting particular attention:
There have been many fine versions of the atmospheric Lazy Afternoon but [this version] is definitive, with a superbly evocative arrangement by John Jansson.
Lazy Afternoon, arranged by John Jansson, complete with its Satie-esque piano introduction, is languorous and heartfelt
London Jazz News
the delicious string quartet-cushioned Lazy Afternoon
The Herald Scotland
One of the highpoints of the album is ... 'Lazy Afternoon'
John Jansson's arrangement of 'Lazy Afternoon' was sublime
London Jazz News
Lazy Afternoon ... is a gorgeous performance with a compelling Jansson arrangement.