Michael Formanek Opens for Elder Ones Tonight at An Die Musik Reply

Formanek-webJazz faculty artist Michael Formanek will perform an opening act for Elder Ones, a New York City based quartet that is comprised of Amirtha Kidambi, vocals and Indian harmonium; Matt Nelson, saxophone; Brandon Lopez, bass; and Max Jaffe, percussion, on Wednesday, April 19, at 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm, at An Die Musik in Baltimore. Find tickets and more information here.

Mark G. Meadows Performs Thelonius Monk for Centennial on April 1 Reply

unnamedMark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano; KSAS BA ’11, Psychology) will perform and speak to the revolutionary music of Thelonius Monk on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at University of the District of Columbia in celebration of Monk’s centennial. The performance will also feature jazz artist Elijah Jamal Balbed. Additional upcoming performances by Mr. Meadows include: More…

The Distance Ranked Fifth Best Jazz Album of the Year by NPR Jazz Critics Poll Reply

3519002The Distance, a recent CD release by jazz faculty artist Michael Formanek and his ensemble Kolossus, was ranked fifth Best Jazz Album of the year in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll and made Downbeat Magazine‘s list of Best Albums of 2016. El Intruso – an Argentinian website dedicated to jazz, rock, avant-garde, and other music –  also ranked Kolossus as Group of the Year 2016,  the CD as fourth Best Album of the Year, and Mr. Formanek as third Best Composer and fourth Best Bassist of 2016.

Stay Woke by Mark G. Meadows Featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2017 Tumblr Reply

c4yo_-hvcae8jlgA video of Stay Woke, a piece from To the People by Mark G. Meadows (KSAS BA ’11, Psychology; GPD ’13, Jazz Piano), was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2017’s Tumblr. Ben Naddaff-Hafrey of NPR Music comments on the piece, “The Washington, D.C., group matches the urgency of its message about political consciousness (most visible in Isaac “Deacon Izzy” Bell’s verse) with equally fiery improvisations from Meadows on piano and John Lee on guitar.”

Mark G. Meadows Presents Band Together at The Lemon Bowl in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 18 Reply

unnamedMark G. Meadows (KSAS BA ’11, Psychology; GPD ’13, Jazz Piano) will host an event of songwriting, healing, and philanthropy with vocalist and rapper Deacon Izzy at The Lemon Bowl in Washington D.C., on February 18 at 7:00 pm. Mr. Meadows and Deacon Izzy will be donating 15 percent of the ticket proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Mr. Meadows will also be donating a portion of his February ticket sales to the American Civil Liberties Union. More…