Spring Arts Festival Celebrates the Arts on Campus

Spring Arts Festival 

A 1,000-year exposure camera created by an Amherst alum. The Amherst College Glee Club's sesquicentennial. Student and faculty collaborations across artistic disciplines. All this and more is celebrated at the Spring Arts Festival, taking place at various locations on campus Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 19.

Amherst Drives Conversation on Improvisation and Interdisciplinarity in the Liberal Arts

Submitted on Wednesday, 12/10/2014, at 2:00 PM

Faculty Workshop


“Improvisation, Interdisciplinarity and the Liberal Arts,” a three-day faculty workshop at Amherst, brought together professors and researchers from leading liberal arts institutions across the country with the goal of building collaborative networks among faculty whose research and teaching explore the burgeoning field of improvisation studies.

Organized primarily by Jason Robinson, assistant professor of music at Amherst, and sponsored by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges, the workshop hosted scholars from Amherst, Barnard, Hampshire, Oberlin, Pomona, Reed, Smith, Swarthmore and Wellesley Colleges; Columbia, Denison, Furman, Harvard and Wesleyan Universities; and the University of Guelph in Ontario. The attendees’ departmental affiliations ranged from art, theater, dance and music, to biology, comparative literature, American studies and computer science.

Arts at Amherst: Faculty Collaborations

Boston Globe: From free jazz to electro-acoustic soundscapes

According to a piece that ran in the national newspaper, music professor Jason Robinson has “honed a capaciously creative body of work largely inspired by seminal, decade-defining conceptualists such as pianist Anthony Davis and trombonist George Lewis.” The story focused on Robinson and his work with his various musical ensembles. 

What's on His Playlist

Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson, a saxophonist with three new releases in 2010, writes about the music he’s been listening to lately:

Music never stops for Jason Robinson

Music professor Jason Robinson was the subject of features in the San Diego Tribune and Los Angeles Times. “My motto is: ‘I compose for improvisers,’” he told the Trib.

Jason Robinson's Music Releases

One of music professor Jason Robinson’s music albums, The Two Faces of Janus, was reviewed by web magazine Audiophile Audition, as well as online publication All About Jazz, which dubbed it “one of the year’s most compelling modern jazz recordings.” A second release, Cerulean Landscape, was the subject of a short but glowing

Three New Albums, Three Entirely Different Directions

October 28, 2010

It’s not likely that you’ll ever find music professor Jason Robinson just sitting around.

Live, from Amherst and Berkeley, in Real-Time

April 14, 2010

When visiting professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson takes the stage at Buckley Recital Hall for a concert with pianist Myra Melford April 25, he’ll have one very important issue on his mind that most musicians usually don’t: whether or not his Web stream will drop.

Amherst College Faultlines Festival to Host Multi-Site Networked Concert Featuring Pianist Myra Melford in California and Saxophonist Jason Robinson in Amherst

March 24, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.— The yearlong Amherst College music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century concludes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall with a multi-site networked concert featuring pianist Myra Melford at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and saxophonist, electronics musician and Amherst Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson.

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