September 18, 2008
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—The yearlong Amherst College music festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st  Century, will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 7, with a free concert featuring woodwind multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and saxophonist Jason Robinson at 8:30 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum. The pair will be performing together for the first time.

Ehrlich and Robinson are critically acclaimed figures in jazz and creative music. The New York Times, for example, has dubbed Ehrlich “one of the premiere melodicists of his generation,” while The Los Angeles Times has described Robinson as “wildly spontaneous.” In addition to showcasing the duo’s talent, the concert will highlight the collaboration of faculty from the Five Colleges: Ehrlich is professor of music at Hampshire College, and Robinson is visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst College.

The Faultlines festival celebrates jazz pluralism and experimentalism and features some of the most creative and provocative artists in American music. It includes 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 the Amherst College’s Arts Series Fund, Department of Music and Mead Art Museum, as well as the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center’s Solos and Duos Concert Series and Magic Triangle Concert Series.

For more information about the Ehrlich/Robinson concert or any other events associated with Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, visit the festival website at or email