Peabody musicians performed at Taiwan’s 107th National Day celebration in Twin Oaks, Washington, D.C. This event is the most important national event of the year for Taiwan in U.S. with more than 3,000 guests attending each year. The featured artists included Huai-En Tsai (MM ‘06, DMA ‘12, Trombone), faculty artist Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass), Todd Simon (BM ’07, Jazz Piano), Shu-Ting Yao (MM ’06, Violin), Byung Kang (BM ’14, GPD ’16, Jazz Percussion), and doctoral candidate Wan-Chi Su, piano.
Mark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano; KSAS BA ’11, Psychology) will release a new single, “Superstition,” on Friday, September 21. There will be two release shows in tandem with this release: in New York City on Saturday, September 22, at 8:00 pm at the Rockwood Music Hall and Durham, N.C. on Saturday, September 28, at 5:00 pm at the Pour Taproom. He will be releasing more singles over the next few months and performing in a number of shows all over the world. Also upcoming, Meadows will be the music director for some upcoming shows at the Signature Theatre. Recently, he music directed a “Sound Health” concert, which was at the Kennedy Center and involved Renee Fleming, Jason Moran, Matthew Whitaker, Chloe and Maud Arnold, and other guests. Finally, he and The Mellow Tones, the acapella jazz group he directs at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, recorded a video for NPR’s “More Perfect” podcast.
Faculty artist Nasar Abadey, jazz, was interviewed in Stay Thirsty magazine about his career and was featured in the International Musician for his upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award. In the interview, he answers questions about his inspirations, his current and past work, and how he thinks about his music. Also featured in this issue is Peabody senior Kahler Suzuki, cello, as their Spotlight Artist.
Ten-time Jazz Journalists Association Trombonist of the Year Wycliffe Gordon has been named a Visiting Artist in Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University for the 2018-19 academic year. Gordon will conduct lessons and master classes with Peabody students during his fall and spring semester residencies on campus. More…
Peabody faculty artist Nasar Abadey, jazz, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the DC Jazz Festival in June, 2018. Chucho Valdés will also receive the award. The award will be presented on June 15, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.