Sept. 2, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music will kick off the second year of its festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century with a performance workshop led by legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker and American multi-instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg from 2 to 3:20 p.m. in Room 7 of the school’s Arms Music Center on Thursday, Sept. 24. The event and Faultlines—which is curated by saxophonist Jason Robinson, visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst—celebrates jazz pluralism and experimentalism and features some of the most creative and provocative artists in American music.

Parker and Rothenberg’s performance workshop will draw from their experiences to encourage musicians to think in news ways about technique, creativity and virtuosity. They will follow the event with an evening performance in the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center’s Solos and Duos Concert Series at 8 p.m.

British saxophonist Parker has been a leading figure in jazz and experimental music since the 1960s. His innovative use of multiphonics and sustained explorations in electro-acoustic music has profoundly influenced the course of improvised music in the last three decades. American woodwind multi-instrumentalist Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music. He has performed for the past 25 years in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He leads the trio Sync (with Jerome Harris and Samir Chatterjee) and has collaborated with Sainkho Namchylak, John Zorn, Marc Ribot and Elliot Sharp.  

Faultlines events will include concerts, performance workshops and talks, all free and open to the public and 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 Arts Series Fund, Amherst College Department of Music, Amherst College Mead Art Museum and UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center’s Solos and Duos Concert Series.

For more information about the Parker/Rothenberg performance workshop or any other events associated with Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, visit the festival website at