Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—The Collective Expanded Trio (C.E.T.) will present a concert of new improvisational music composed by drummer Claire Arenius, who teaches performance at Amherst and Smith Colleges, on Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert is open to the public at no charge.
The C.E.T., which also features pianist Eugene Uman and bassist Thomson Kneeland, is slated to present compositions from its recent CD, “When Worlds Touch You.” Formed in 1998, the trio has performed at Medellin, Colombia’s Millennium International Jazz Festival, the Discover Jazz Festival, Ryles in Boston and throughout New England.
The individual musicians also have been very successful on their own. Arenius has performed at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with a number of noted performers, including Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Tal Farlow and Slide Hampton. Kneeland, who fuses Balkan music with classical and light rock, is a jazz bassist who has performed with Jerry Bergonzie and Herb Pomeroy. Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center since 1997, is a composer and recording artist who has appeared with Valery Pomonorev and Sheila Jordan.