Sept. 2, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
AMHERST, Mass. – The yearlong Amherst College Music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century continues with a solo concert by New York trumpet virtuoso Peter Evans at 8pm in the Rotherwas Gallery of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College on Saturday, Sept. 26. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. (Seating is limited, so an early arrival is recommended.)
In a glowing review of Evans’ April 2009 solo album Nature/Culture (Psi records), John Eyles of All About Jazz notes that “the trumpeter is increasingly regarded with a mixture of awe and wonder.” Nate Chinen of The New York Times calls Evans “a superhuman technician” that is “rooted in musical intent.”
Evans has been a member of the New York music community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. He works in a wide variety of areas, such as solo performance, chamber orchestras, performance art, improvised music, electro-acoustic music and composition. Groups he currently participates in include the Peter Evans Quartet, Moppa Elliott’s romping bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte) and a duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley. He has also performed with an amazing array of influential figures in experimental music; just a few are Mary Halvorson, Dave Taylor, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Keiji Haino, Jim Black, Evan Parker, Tyshawn Sorey and Peter Brotzmann. He is also an acclaimed interpreter of classical music and is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Faultlines events will include concerts, performance workshops and talks, 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 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 Evans’ performance at the Mead Art Museum or any other events associated with Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, visit the festival website at www.amherst.edu/faultlines.
Sept. 2, 2009