Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass) is the director of the Winchendon Music Festival, which will take place from June 24 to 26 in Massachusetts. He will be featured with Teresa Wakim on Friday, June 24, at 7:00 pm, in a concert of works by Marais, Forqueary, Francœur, and others; and with FLOYDS ROW and Emily Noël (MM ’06, Voice) on Saturday, June 25, at 7:00 pm.
Emily Noël (MM ’06, Voice) – soprano and autoharp – and Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass) – viola da gamba, double bass, and cittern – will perform as part of Floyds Row on Tuesday, June 21, at 12:10 pm, at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., and on Wednesday, June 22, at 8:00 pm, at An die Musik in Baltimore.
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.
Faculty artist Michael Formanek’s new CD release on ECM, “The Distance,” received reviews in Downbeat Magazine, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Jazz Breakfast. Downbeat Magazine‘s review marks Mr. Formanek’s third consecutive five-star “Masterpiece Rating” review from the publication since 2010. The January Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus concert at Creative Alliance in Baltimore has ben rescheduled for Friday, September 9. Ensemble Kolossus will play its official CD release concert at The Jazz Standard in New York on March 22-23 at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm both nights. “Ensemble Kolossus wears its exoskeleton proudly. Michael Formanek’s musical world is a kind of gracious envelopment of everyone present,” wrote John Ephland in the Downbeat Magazine review. “The writing is most impressive… Ensemble Kolossus is making a large contribution already to the burgeoning big band landscape of the 21st century…. A hugely rewarding listen,” wrote Peter Bacon in The Jazz Breakfast.
Paul Avgerinos (BM ’81, Double Bass) received a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album. The album, “Grace,” was released on Round Sky Music on August 21, 2015. This is Mr. Avgerinos’s third nomination.