Devin Gray (BM ’06, Jazz Percussion) released a new CD, Fashionable Pop Music, with Ryan Ferreira, Jonathan Goldberger, and Chris Tordini. The album is available on Bandcamp and iTunes. Video trailers are up on Mr. Gray’s Youtube channel. Mr. Gray’s band Dirigo Rataplan, comprised of Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone, Dave Ballou, trumpets, and faculty member Michael Formanek, bass, have announced an IBeam Brooklyn concert residency, and are preparing to record their second album together. Dirigo Rataplan will play their new book of music for two sets a night on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 at IBeam Brooklyn at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm each night. View the Facebook event for more information.
The Peabody Computer Music Consort will present “..fused into music…” on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 pm in Peabody’s Leith Symington Griswold Hall, featuring new and old works composed and performed by current and former Peabody faculty and students. Stanford University Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) faculty artist Rob Hamilton (MM ’04, Computer Music) will perform Carillon for Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Leap Motion controller, and 8-channel sound, composed by Chris Platz and himself. Other performances include viola faculty artist Maria Lambros performing Aldebaran for viola and recorded sounds by Guggenheim fellow and founder of the Peabody Electronic Music Studios, Jean Eichelberger Ivey; saxophone faculty artist Gary Louie performing Midway Inlet for saxophone and interactive electronics by computer music faculty and Consort technical director McGregor Boyle (MM ’85, Guitar; DMA ’90, Composition); Peabody alumna and Stanford CCRMA Artistic Coordinator Chryssie Nanou (GPD ’04, Piano), performing Daniel Blinkhorn’s FrostbYte with ecological sonics and video; Peabody alumnus Peter Kibbe (BM ’12, Cello) performing Alexandra Gardner’s Bloom for cello and boombox; and jazz bass faculty artist Michael Formanek and computer music composition master’s student Edwin Huet (BM ’15, Computer Music Composition) performing Submersive(s), for 5-string acoustic bass and live 8.1 electronics. The concert also features a closing performance of Milton Babbitt’s Philomel for voice and prerecorded quadrophonic sound by faculty voice artist, soprano Ah Young Hong. The concert is presented by artistic director and director of Peabody Computer Music Geoffrey Wright (MM ’81, DMA ’92, Composition), technical director and computer music faculty McGregor Boyle, and Production Coordinator Joshua Armenta (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Computer Music). This event is free with reservations through the Peabody Box Office. A video trailer is available here. For more information, view the Facebook event.
Faculty jazz bass artist Michael Formanek and GPD jazz bass student Alex Fournier will present a concert of their original solo bass music on Thursday, April 21 at 5th Dimension, on the 5th floor of the H&H building at 405 W Franklin Street. Doors open at 8:30 pm with the concert starting at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $5-10 at the door. For more information view the Facebook event.
Peabody students will present “Classical Meets Improv at the Unitarian Church” on Friday, April 8 at 8:00pm at First Unitarian Church in Baltimore. The program features Esprit Quartet – comprised of students Daisy Rho, violin, Ryo usami, violin, Ankit Anil, viola, and Ethan Sandman, cello – performing Haydn’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Major; The Witches – comprised of students Ledah Finck, violin, and Louna Dekker-Vargas, flutes – performing improvisations and later joining students Alex Fournier, bass, Christina Manceor, percussion, and Nick Saia, electric guitar in the world premiere of Dr. Construction and (OR?) Ms. Multicolored Flower by Dominic Coles; and Carl Maria Von Weber’s Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano performed by faculty artist Michael Kannen, cello, and students Seungmin Oh, flute, and Rieko Tsuchida, piano.
Ensemble Kolossus, led by jazz bass faculty artist Michael Formanek, received a review in The New York Times on its performance at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday, March 23. The review by Nate Chinen, titled “Delivering a Touch of Big Band Through a Jazz Collective,” was published on Thursday, March 24. The ensemble performed works by Mr. Formanek from his recent CD release, “The Distance,” on ECM Records. “The scope of the music was malleable, sometimes marshaling the band’s full power — as on “Impenetrable,” whose staccato fanfare hit like a round of defibrillator jolts — and sometimes paring down to leaner subunits,” wrote Mr. Chinen.