Ellington Jazz Series presents the second “Homegrown on Common Ground” Concert November 12

New Haven’s Ben Allison, bassist and composer for NPR’s “On the Media,” is featured with his band; St. Luke’s Steel Band and Andy Akiho return

After the success of the first “Homegrown on Common Ground” concert last April, the Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music revisits the theme of having musicians from Yale and New Haven share the stage of Sprague Hall for an evening of exciting and creative music.

The first “Common Ground” concert caused a sensation with a jazz piano trio, a 20-member steel band, and leading-edge music written by several Yale composers for an eclectic instrumental ensemble that included steel pans alongside a rhythm section, winds, and strings. The second “Homegrown on Common Ground” concert on Friday, November 12 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street) picks up where the first concert left off.

Director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship, Willie Ruff, has invited several of the performers to return as well as the featured guest artist, Ben Allison, the jazz bassist and composer of music for NPR’s “On the Media.” Allison is a native of New Haven who studied music at the Educational Center for the Arts and who played his first professional gigs on the salsa circuit in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He will perform with his band, which includes Jenny Scheinman, violin; Michael Blake, saxophones; Steve Cardenas, guitar; and Rudy Royston, drums. Returning by popular demand is the St. Luke’s Steel Band from New Haven, directed by Deborah Teason, and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho. Akiho will again appear with the St. Luke’s Band, as well as with the Yale Steel Band and the Common Ground Ensemble.  Four composer/performers – Andy Akiho (steel pans), Deborah Teason, Samuel Adams (bass), and Paul Kerekes (piano) – have written pieces that will be premiered by this group, which features three pan players in addition to piano, bass, drums, and violin.

“These young musicians are creating some of the most exciting and original music I’ve heard in a long time,” says Ruff. “I think we’re seeing history being made by these composer-performers.”

Tickets to the concert are $12 to $20, $7 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Panel Discussion,  “A Vision for the Future of Music”

The next day, November 13 at 10 am in Sudler Recital Hall, 100 Wall Strett (next door to Sprague Hall), Willie Ruff will be joined by Ben Alliston, Andy Akiho, and several of the other performers of the previous night’s concert in a wide-ranging panel discussion, “A Vision for the Future of Music,” that will explore the future of new music: the most promising trends in creative music-making, the kinds of venues where audiences will hear this music, the ressurgence of the composer-performer, and more. According to Ruff, “The question I intend to ask is, ‘In today’s rapidly changing musical landscape, what kind of tomorrow should the now emerging music makers be preparing for?'” Admission is free. MORE

Published October 20, 2010
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Harpsichordist Adam Pearl to make his New Haven debut at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments November 7

Pearl will play the newly restored single-manual harpsichord from 1640, Antwerp

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned harpsichordist Adam Pearl in the opening concert of the season on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 3 pm. Pearl, who has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for his “virtuosity and daringly original tempo changes that felt fresh and right,” will perform include works by the English virginalists as well as Johann Jakob Froberger and C.P.E. Bach. This New Haven debut will feature a newly restored instrument from the Collection, a single-manual harpsichord built by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp in 1640.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Yale staff and seniors, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Collection’s website or call 203 432-0825.

About Adam Pearl

An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory, from which he received the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, Adam Pearl performs regularly in the Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia areas as well as around the country, with ensembles such as Tempesta di Mare, Opera Lafayette, the Richmond Symphony, and American Bach Soloists. As the music director for American Opera Theater, Mr. Pearl has conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cavalli’s La Calisto, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. His recording of Handel with Tempesta di Mare and Julianne Baird on the Chandos label was released in 2007. Mr. Pearl was one of five harpsichordists invited to perform and record the complete Bach harpsichord concertos on antique instruments for Plectra Music. In 2004 he won third prize at the prestigious international harpsichord competition in Brugge, Belgium.

Published October 20, 2010
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