Singer and composer Stefano Marchese and his quintet will perform his original compositions and some traditional songs from Abruzzo (Italy) in a "contaminated jazz" style. In his music, Stefano brings the influences of the Mediterranean music which, mixed with jazz forms and harmonies, creates an original sound. "Radici" ("roots" in Italian) is the title of one of his compositions and of his first album. Stefano mixes American music with Mediterranean music, but also combines different languages, such as dialect from Abruzzo, Italian, and English.
A sonic innovator or an expert on chance? This documentary by Oscar-winning director Allan Miller and Emmy-winner Paul Smaczny pays tribute to the most fascinating American avant-garde composer, John Cage. Shot in America, Germany, and Japan, Journeys in Sound premieres rare archival footage and features associates of Cage and contemporary artists. Join us for this screening, plus a discussion with Cage scholar and player David Miller. See the library Facebook page for the trailer and speaker bio.
Vocalist and composer Vivienne Aerts from the Netherlands will present an interactive performance of original music with her newly found ensemble.
"Vivienne sings about water and soap, about roof gardens and musicians who met at a certain moment and time ... As pure as it gets, a background in jazz, now trying to find the borders of the style. Intense as never before, it swings, crushes and touches. To find and experience total freedom."
Vivienne Aerts (voice & compositions), Jonah Kane-West (piano), Alex Labrie (guitar), Abraham Rounds (drums), Brian Sandlin (bass), Lihi Haruvi (saxophone), and special guest trumpeter Danny Jonokuchi from NYC. More info: http://www.vivienneaerts.com
The fourth Next Big Strings Composition Competition features String Department students playing their own compositions. Each year, the competitors are given a theme on which to base their composition. This year's theme is "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." That's right: each piece will have your favorite nursery rhyme woven through it. You'll hear a variety of styles, genres, and instrumentation, but every piece will use this common familiar theme. There will be three winners and lots of interesting prizes.