Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Two Performances by Quatuor Ébène, Three if You're at OHS, Wednesday and Thursday (April 24-25, 2013)

I just posted to The Frog about Quatuor Ébène'sFBS MAL performances tonight (4/24) and tomorrow (4/25) in Auburn and Opelika.


Quatuor Ébène, or the Ébène Quartet, will appear on the Performance Series Thursday night (April 25, 2013) at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Taking the form of a traditional string quartet, they also occasionally sound like one. But, as is happening more and more, the languages and power of jazz, rock, pop and world music are finding the way into the hearts and fingers of serious classical musicians.

“Serious” in Ébène’s case means international-award winning with performances in the greatest venues in the world and training from music’s most revered masters

But Thursday is not the only chance to hear Ébène. The quartet will perform a completely different and completely classical program Wednesday night (April 24, 2013) in Auburn at the AU Music Department’s Goodwin Recital Hall at 7:30 pm CDT. Read more.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eastman Guitar Prof. Bob Snieider Appearing in Auburn Thursday and Friday (4/18/13-4/19/13)

We are fortunate around here that the University of Rochester's famed Eastman School of Music is well-represented in Auburn University's music department. There are three that I know of who hold degrees from there, but I haven't checked everyone's bio on the faculty page. There could be more. Its degrees are coveted, and it has produced scores of highly successful and some legendary artists. This Wikipedia article claims David Diamond, Eric Ewazen, Renée Fleming, Steve Gadd, Ron Carter, Donald Hunsberger, Robert Ward, Lew Soloff and Chuck Mangione among many, many others that even I have heard of.

Bob Sneider's title at Eastman is the following: Eastman School of Music Asst Prof Jazz Guitar / Senior Instructor Eastman Community Music School. He's playing Thursday night (4/18) at Goodwin Hall with Eastman doctor and AU jazz/sax instructor Mike Pendowski. In addition to teaching at Eastman, Sneider's bio reports he has shared stages, studios and tour buses with the likes of Mangione, Nat Adderly, Joey Defrancesco, Chris Potter, and more.

Performing with the Eastman duo will be AU students Sidney Simmons on bass, Jonathan Lynn on piano, and Andrew Sykes on vibes. Then on Friday night (4/18), Sneider will perform again with the AU Jazz Ensemble in the band room in Goodwin Music Building (map). The Thursday and Friday night performances are ticketed events ($10/$5).

Event page for Thursday night's quintet performance.
Event page for Friday night's big band performance.

Sneider will do a rhythm section clinic Thursday at 3:30 and an improvisation clinic Friday at 3:00. Both are in the band room, both are free, and both are open to the public.

Embedded above is video of Sneider from YouTube user Tala Vera Cantina.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Historical Jazz Meets Historical Opelika Tonight (4/12/13)!

Champian Fulton
The Champian Fulton Quartet will perform tonight (4/12) at 7:30 PM at the Cultural Arts Center of East Alabama. See my last post for some video of Champian and her group. The concert is being presented by the Arts Association of East Alabama. This is a BYOB event. For tickets, directions and more information, visit the event page on the Arts Association's website. Join the event on the Association's Facebook page by noon today and you could win two tickets!

In a few hours, I will drive over to what used to be Miriam Brown Elementary School in the historic mill town of Opelika, Alabama. Now it's the Cultural Arts Center of East Alabama, a work-in-progress event venue with great potential, where I'll be helping my friend Rob Slocumb set up sound and lights for a jazz concert. The band will arrive, sometime around 3:00, having driven in from the town that my mother and Elvis Presley spent their first years, though not together.

We'll meet for the first time. Two in the quartet are father and daughter. The sidemen, a Japanese drummer and a Virginian double bassist, were carefully chosen from among the jazz musicians in New York City, an elite subset that in 2001 was estimated to be larger than the current population of the town where the concert will be.

The daughter leads the band, though the father is an educator who once led an institution founded by and named after a horn player, Clark Terry, who studied with Louis Armstrong himself. Still living, Terry has become a giant of the genre in his own right. The daughter grew up around him and others who learned from, walked among, and created with the people who lived and died defining jazz.

They'll try out our gear, and we'll adjust it, as best we can, to fit. Improvisers all of them, they'll make their own adjustments, and we'll hear what happens when the progeny of one kind of history reaches over to that of another, and makes music. I hope you can join us.

Performing with the Champian Fulton Quartet will be Champian Fulton on piano and vocals, Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn, Elias Bailey on bass and Takashi "TKash" Inoue on drums.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Champian Fulton, Jazz Pianist/Vocalist To Play Opelika Friday (4/12/2013)

I'll post more shortly. Video at right is her with her group playing Stardust. Here's the event page for tickets, location and more information:

Friday, April 5, 2013

30+ Year Recording Artist Dirk Hamilton Sings for Sundilla

The video at right (technical problems: here's the link) is of Dirk Hamilton, who will play the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship tonight (Friday, 4/5) as part of the Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series. Below is from the series' president, Bailey Jones. He writes that Hamilton is a big star in Italy (I know, right?), but perhaps is not as well-known here maybe "because he's so hard to pigeon-hole; his style is a mixture of Americana, folk-rock, roots, indie-rock and blues." Hamilton's voice is deeply present, velvet-wrapped gravel. The songwriting is very strong. Check him out.

The Sundilla Concert Series continues the tradition of bringing world-renowned performers to Auburn when Dirk Hamilton takes the stage on Friday, April 5. Showtime is 7:30 and admission is still just $12 at the door, with advance tickets available for just $10 from The Gnu's Room, Spicer's Music, and online at

Some might see the name Dirk Hamilton and think "Who?". But just because Dirk Hamilton isn't famous in east-central Alabama doesn't mean that they don't know him, and his music, in other places. After all, when you've been performing and making records for more than 30 years, it's hard to stay unknown. Read the full article.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

AU Faculty Clarinet-Piano Recital Tonight (4/3/2013)

David Odom
Competing tonight (4/3) with the Anderson & Roe event I mentioned in my last post, Auburn University clarinet and piano professors, David Odom and Jeremy Samolesky respectively, will present a recital tonight in Goodwin Hall at 7:30 PM. It should be a very, very good performance. Below is from the music department's news feed, which is not really a feed you can subscribe to via RSS or anything, rather it's more like a web page with links to articles you have to click manually after returning to the site. I'm just sayin'. Anyway, I highly recommend this performance. Here's the event page on the AU music calendar.


The AU Department of Music presents a Faculty Recital featuring Dr. David Odom, clarinet, and Dr. Jeremy Samolesky, piano, on Wedensday, April 3rd at 7:30pm in Goodwin Recital Hall. The two AU Music faculty members and have been performing together since 2006. Dr. Odom is also Principal Clarinet for The Atlanta Opera and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Samolesky has appeared in concert as soloist and chamber musician throughout the US and abroad. The Duo will perform music of Brahms and Debussy, as well as a virtuosic concert fantasy on themes from Verdi's opera 'Rigoletto.' Link to article

Performance Series Brings Anderson & Roe to Opelika (4/3/2013)

Anderson & Roe is a four-hand piano duo performing tonight (4/3) at 7:30 PM at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Arts Association of East Alabama's Performance Series. They are Juilliard-trained virtuosi, unafraid to play Star Wars and Michael Jackson along with Liszt and Mozart--not all at the same time, but still. It should really be a fun concert.

They love doing videos, and I embedded one of their more highly produced ones at right. It has over 400,000 hits on YouTube. I posted on AAEA's blog, The Frog, on Monday. Below is from the post...

Theatrical Piano Duo, Anderson & Roe, to Perform April 3, 2013
Internationally acclaimed piano four-hand duo Anderson & Roe, headlining this Wednesday night’s Performance Series event, have a clearly stated purpose for what they do. “To make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. To connect with others; to engage, provoke, illuminate; to serve as a conduit for the composer’s voice; to express our inner lives; to share the joy and fulfillment that only music can elicit…to free the world from the constraints of sleep-inducing concerts.” Read the full post

Below is an embedded Kyle Gassiott interview of the duo. It's an episode of Troy University Public Radio's Community Focus.