Jazz Composers and Improvisors Project Concert

April 22nd, 2013 | Tags:

The Hewitt Pantaleoni Memorial Concert Series at the State University College at Oneonta continues next week with a concert by the Jazz Composers & Improvisors Project Concert. The program, which is sponsored by the Catskill Conservatory, in association with the College’s Music Department, and the Public Events Committee, will be held Monday, April 29, at 8 pm, in The Little Theatre of Alumni Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus. It is a free, walk-in event, open to all members of the community, without the need for tickets or reservations. To view poster: JC&IP-2013

The Jazz Composers & Improvisors Project Concert was created seven years ago by bassist/composer John Davey, to bring together a wide range of jazz musician/composers throughout Central New York, and to collaborate on each other’s music. This year’s concert brings together guitarist/composer Ken McGloin and percussionist/composer Dean Sharp, both from the Hudson Valley area of Kingston, NY. Both McGloin and Sharp are featured on Davey’s soon-to-be released CD “Open Range” .

Ken McGloin is the Head of the Music Department at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY. As part of his responsibilities at PDS, Ken teaches students how to write and perform original songs; as well as overseeing the writing and performance of the annual school musical. His focus was on jazz throughout high school and college (at the University of Miami’s excellent music department), and his musical education included tutorials with jazz greats Dave Holland, Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie. Ken even studied classical guitar for five years and played in a band called White Boys on Swing which combined Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz with hip-hop…believe it or not. And, if that’s still not enough musical diversity for you, Ken’s “hard-core alternative” band, Lunchmeat, played the mainstage at the 1994 Woodstock Festival. Ken has written music for two of MTV’s most popular series, “The Real World” and “Road Rules”. His music has also been used on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and ESPN network to name a few.

Dean Sharp is a prolific creative percussionist, composer, producer and remixer. He has played and/or recorded with a strikingly diverse array of creative artists including Moby, Brad Mehldau, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elliott Sharp, Michael Bisio, Joe Lovano, Marc Ribot, John Stubblefield, Jazz Criminals, Hugh Brodie, Tony Levin, Steve Swallow, Carter Burwell, Todd Sickafoose’s Blood Orange, Kris Davis, and Ani Defranco. Sharp has written and recorded with notorious loop-miester David Torn (SPLaTTeRCeLL project), co-lead the ensembles earmight (w/ Dean Jones, David Hofstra, Russ Johnson and Ken McGloin) and trio loCo (w/ Marc Dzuiba and StudioStu) and is the creative catalyst behind SONic 150 (with bassist Michael Bisio and trumpet notebender Russ Johnson), scribbleScrabbLe (with videographer Thomas Moore), sharpEND (with Ken McGloin and John Menegan) and Word Was (w/ Russ Johnson and Mario Pavone). He has played a vital role in the recordings and live performances of such innovative singer/ songwriters as Rachael Sage, Greg Brown, Donna Lewis, MIMI, Noe Veneble, Louise Taylor, Jill Sobule and Jane Siberry. As a producer/composer and remixer, he runs ELBO PROJECT ROOM studio where he has “pushed the envelope” for projects with Indian flutist Steve Gorn, cellist Stephanie Winters, klezmer/world artist Zoe B. Zak, bassist Steve Rust’s PULSAR, indie faves Louise Taylor and Stoneboat, Peter Gallway and GU3. Multimedia collaborators and commissioned composition works have included the Deep Listening Foundation, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik, Tom Moore, Art after Science, choreographers Susan Osberg, Dance Across Borders, Bill T Jones, Leah Cox, Selena Braun, Ben Wolk, Alexander Thompson and Maria Simpson. He has offered master classes and workshops in the SUNY university system, the New School, Unison Arts Center, the Salisbury and Berkshire Schools and the Omega Institute. Presently he resides as musician/composer for the dance department at Bard College.

John Davey has released the CD “Let Them Tell Us”, a spoken word/poetry/original music project with his wife Alison Black, collectively known as THEY SAY, the CD “You Are Here” with his world music-jazz trio GLOBETROTTING, featuring bansuri flutist/multi-reedist Steve Gorn and percussionist Brian Melick, the CD “Sound Bites” featuring pianist Jeremy Wall, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, percussionist Brian Melick, and vocalist Lorena Guillen, and the CD “9 Views” with his chamber-jazz string trio From The Bridge, featuring classical guitarist Dennis Turechek and violist Amy Merrill. He has studied with jazz bassists Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and Mark Helias. He performed for three years with his quartet The Bridge, appearing at The Syracuse JazzFest in 1995 and 1996. He has performed with The Catskill Symphony, jazz pianists Mike Holober and Francesca Tanksley, saxophonists Al Galodoro, Erica Lindsay, Brian Patneaude and J.R. Montrose, guitarist John Stowell, the late percussionist Collin Walcott, and jazz cellist Hank Roberts. He recorded and performed with the NJ based jazz trio Interweave for ten years, featuring pianist Frank Giasullo and drummer Pat Tamminen. He is a member of BMI, and teaches jazz bass at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he also teaches Jazz Combo.

Tuesday’s program is part of the Catskill Conservatory’s 39th annual Spring Music Festival. For more information about the program, please call the Conservatory, at (607) 436-3419.