Thursday, February 12, 2009

Faultlines creative music series in Amherst

Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century is a yearlong festival encompassing a variety of concerts, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. The artists embody some of the most creative, exciting, and provocative directions in contemporary improvised music. Highlights of the Spring 2009 schedule include a concert and workshop by Raw Materials, the award winning duo of pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, a concert and workshop by the critically acclaimed Cosmologic, a workshop featuring legendary saxophonist Kidd Jordan, a roundtable discussion celebrating the life and music of violinist Leroy Jenkins, an internet-based "telematics" concert featuring performers in multiple locations accross the United States, and more. All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

NEXT EVENTS (scroll down or click here for full Spring 2009 schedule):

Thursday February 12 - 5:30pmCurtis Clark
Performance workshop by Connie Crothers (piano)
Arms Music Center - Room 7
Amherst College
Co-sponsored by the World of Piano concert series at
the Northampton Center for the Arts
[Crothers performs at the Northampton Center for the Arts the following evening, on February 13 - info here]

Wednesday February 18 - 8:30pmCosmologic

Cosmologic in Concert
Jason Robinson (woodwinds), Michael Dessen (trombone),
Scott Walton (bass), Nathan Hubbard (percussion)
Buckley Recital Hall
Arms Music Center
Amherst College

Thursday February 19 - 8:30am
Workshop / Presentation by Cosmologic
Arms Music Center - Buckley Recital Hall
Amherst College

Thursday February 26 – 3:30pm
Performance Workshop with Kidd Jordan (saxophone), William Parker (bass), and Hamid Drake (drums)
Arms Music Center - Room 7
Amherst College
Co-sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center's Magic Triangle Concert Series
[8pm concert at Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass - info here]

Saturday February 28 - 8pm
David Pietro (saxophone) in Concert
with the Amherst College Jazz Combos
Buckley Recital Hall
Amherst College
*Ticket purchase required
Fundraiser for the Foodbank of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday March 10 – 8pm
Bruce Diehl (saxophone) and Adam Larrabee (guitar) in Concert
Rotherwas Gallery
Mead Art Museum
Amherst College

Wednesday March 25 – 6pm (light dinner at 5:30pm)
Panel Discussion: Celebrating the Music of Violinist Leroy Jenkins, featuring Terry Jenoure, Billy Bang, Charles Burnham, and Marty Ehrlich, moderated by Jason Robinson
Arms Music Center - Room 7
Amherst College
Co-sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center's Magic Triangle Concert Series
[Jenour, Bang, and Burnham perform at UMass the following evening, on March 26 - info here]

Friday April 3 – 8pm (EST), 5pm (PST)
Transcontinental Circuits
A multi-site networked concert featuring:
Jason Robinson (woodwinds and electronics)
Buckley Recital Hall, 8pm (EST), free
Amherst College
Adnan Marquez (woodwinds and electroncs)
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA stage), 5pm (PST), free
Stanford University
Michael Dessen (trombone and electronics)
REALab (Realtime Experimental Audio Laboratory, Room 216, Music and Media Building), 5pm (PST), free
University of California, Irvine
Live audiences at all three locations.

Friday April 17 - Concert (8pm) and Performance Workshop (3:30pm)
Raw Materials: Vijay Iyer (piano) and Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone)
Concert: 8pm, Buckley Recital Hall
Performance Workshop: 3:30-4:30pm, Arms Music Center, Room 7
Amherst College

Monday April 27 - 5pm
Film Screening: Music Inn, A Documentary Film
Explores the dynamic jazz and folk music scene at the Music Inn in Lenox/Stockbridge, MA during the 1950s.
Screening is followed by a discussion led by the film's producer (and drummer) George Schuller.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather building, room 115
Amherst College
Co-sponsered by Amherst College's Departments of English and American Studies | concerts[at]amherst[dot]edu | 413.542.2195

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