AMHERST, Mass –Amherst College Assistant Professor of Music and saxophonist Jason Robinson leads a trio also including Hampshire College Professor and saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, and Amherst-based percussionist Bob Weiner, in a special multi-site networked concert with real-time collaborators at the University of California, San Diego. Performed simultaneously from two locations, the concert will take place at 10 p.m. (E.D.T.) on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. They will be joined by Dresser, Dessen, UC Irvine Professor and flutist Nicole Mitchell, and UC Berkeley Professor and pianist Myra Melford, performing simultaneously from the Conrad Preby’s Music Center Theatre at UC San Diego. The concert is free of charge and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the 2013 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium, “Art and Place / The Place of Art.” read more
The Amherst College-based Erebos String Quartet presents a concert of one work on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert, approximately one half hour in length, is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission. read more
The 2012-2013 Music at Amherst Chamber Series concludes with The Tetzlaff Ensemble’s performance of works by Widmann, Mozart and Messiaen on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance requires tickets and seating is assigned. Tickets may be reserved beginning April 8 by visiting http://amherst.universitytickets.com or calling 413/542-2195.
MOZART Piano Trio in B-flat, K. 502 WIDMANN Nachstucke for Clarinet, Cello and Piano MOZART Sonata for violin and piano in A Major, K.526 MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time
The Amherst College Department of Music will present two works composed by Visiting Professor of Music Harold Meltzer '88 on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information please call 413/542-2195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. read more
The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Men’s Glee Club on April 20 at 5 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge and seating is by general admission. read more
The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Concert Choir on April 27 at 5 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge and seating is by general admission. read more
The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Women’s Chorus on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge and seating is by general admission. read more
New York City based Ensemble Helacious presents a special performance on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in Room 7 in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.
Ensemble Helacious explores multiple structural traditions realized by three musicians performing on woodwinds, brasses and percussion. Their music utilizes notated materials with improvisation and electronic sound processing.
About the performers:
JD Parran’s most recent release is Window Spirits Solo. He has performed at New York’s Vision Festival with Amiri Baraka, in a collaboration with Joseph Jarman and Douglas Ewart. Mr. Parran has premiered and recorded You Have the Right to RemainSilent, Concerto for Clarinet by Anthony Davis and recorded (Beautiful Day) and performed with Andrew Hill. His project JD Parran & Spirit Stage TOO is a long-time collaboration with Stephen Haynes. He participated in Music and Musicians in the Black Artists' Group of St. Louis atWashington University (St. Louis), performed at the Skopje Jazz Festival (Macedonia) with Cecil Taylor and soundVision Orchestra, and in Henry Threadgill’s commissioned work Peroxide at the Miller Theater (NYC). Mr. Parran’s recent projects include Ensemble Helacious (Peter Zummo and Kevin Norton) and collaborations with William Hooker, Earl Howard, Wadada Leo Smith and others. He teaches at BMCC CUNY and Greenwich House Music School in New York.
An exponent of the American contemporary-classical tradition as well as more vernacular genres, trombonist Peter Zummo pursues the evolving boundary of music making and brass culture and in so doing creates compositions for interactive ensemble. His musical pieces and his solo and ensemble performances - in his own works and in those of theater, dance, poetry, film, television, and new-media artists - evoke the influences and methodologies of the minimalist, rock, jazz, and world music styles. His work is informed by four decades of realizing the work of other composers and bandleaders, and is currently performing with the David Behrman Ensemble; the Go: Organic Orchestra; Michael Schumacher; Heroes of Toolik; Bear 54; the Deep Listening Band; Ensemble Helacious; Ben Neill; and Mitra Sumara. Mr. Zummo received a Bessie award for Trisha Brown’s Lateral Pass and has had numerous other commissions by choreographers including David Dorfman, Risa Jarsolow, Irene Hultman, Debra Wanner, and Stephanie Woodard. He is Senior Faculty Advisor with the New York Arts Program, a program of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and artistic director of The Loris Bend Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit presenter of music, dance, and media. Mr. Zummo holds BA and MA degrees from Wesleyan University.
Kevin Norton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, NY. The composer/percussionist came to jazz in an unlikely setting but befriended drummer and fellow record collector Kenny Washington as a teenager. Studies at Hunter College introduced him to Milt Hinton and after a short period, with whom he performed and recorded (The Judge's Decision). Mr. Norton has written several multi-movement pieces sometimes based on extra-musical subject matter. For Guy Debord (in nine events) is a piece for quintet and woodwind soloist (originally Anthony Braxton) based on the texts of the radical French philosopher whose thought proved central to the riots of Paris, 1968. Change Dance (Troubled Energy) draws it's inspiration from another radical political activist, Kathy Change (born Kathleen Chang). Mr. Norton's 2006 work Water and Fire Suite was commissioned by Meet The Composer, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and the Target Foundation. Mr. Norton has led and/or co-led about 20 critically acclaimed recordings, many of them making year-end "Best of" lists. He has served on the faculty of several schools including the University of Maryland and is currently on the faculty of William Paterson University and earned a Masters Degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music.