September 9, 2008
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music will kick off its new yearlong festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, with a performance workshop lead by drummer Bobby Previte and pianist and bassist Jamie Saft from 2 to 3:20 p.m. in Room 212 of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College on Thursday, Sept. 25. The event and the Faultlines festival—which is curated by saxophonist Jason Robinson, visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst—will celebrate jazz pluralism and experimentalism and feature some of the most creative and provocative artists in American music.

Appearing as the duo Doom Jazz, Previte and Saft will use their Sept. 25 workshop to encourage musicians and others interested in learning about their musical methodology to think in new ways about improvisation and creativity in music. They will follow the event with an 8 p.m. in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center’s Solos and Duos Concert Series.
Faultlines’ events will include concerts, performance workshops, talks and roundtable discussions—all free and open to the public, and all guaranteed to generate passionate debate about the nature of jazz and its relationship to American cultural identity. The festival is made possible through the generous support of Amherst College’s Arts Series Fund, Department of Music and Mead Art Museum and the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center’s Solos and Duos Concert Series and Magic Triangle Concert Series.

For more information about the Previte/Saft performance workshop or any other events associated with Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, visit the festival Web site at