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Spring Photos: Jim McNeely Tentet

On Saturday, April 27, 2019 Jim McNeely’s acclaimed ten-piece jazz ensemble performed a selection of music from their album Group Therapy during their New England debut. GRAMMY Award-winning pianist/composer Jim McNeely has performed with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), the Stan Getz Quartet, the Phil Woods Quintet, Bob Brookmeyer, […]

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performed the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming under the direction of Adjunct Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan. Beginning students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble played a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns derived from tradition and new creative sounds on […]

On Sunday, April 7, 2019 The Russell House hosted the New England debut of ‘spirit of clavier’, an inventive duo concept for percussion and piano developed by Pheeroan akLaff and Angelica Sanchez. Drummer and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher, Pheeroan akLaff, has been a contributor to the Wesleyan community for 25 years, employing non-standard procedures of […]

On Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Crowell Concert Hall, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presented the seventeenth and final concert in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the Fifth Piano Sonata; the rest of the Friendly Fugues, including “A Double Fugue for Kay Briggs” (the widow of Professor […]

On Friday, March 29, 2019 at Crowell Concert Hall, The Nubatones — leader and singer/songwriter Alsarah, percussionist Rami El-Aasser, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oud (stringed instrument) player Brandon Terzic, and background vocalist Nahid — performed lavish, joyful East African retro-pop, full of Arabic-language reflections on identity and survival. Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the […]

On Sunday, March 3, 2019 A performance by Los Angeles-based experimental music group lucky dragons and Wesleyan community members took place on the final day of the Audible Bacillus exhibition. Other Transformations is an experiment. It asks: What is fundamentally necessary for an image to be read as music? How do images translate between musical […]

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 a concert in Crowell Concert Hall commemorating Jon Barlow took place, closing a full day of events. Jon Barlow was a visionary musician and teacher, whose mind ranged freely through an immense field of topics. A remarkable pianist, and an authority on topics as diverse as mathematics and the history […]

On Sunday, February 3, 2019 Elite Syncopation returned to The Russell House to re-create historically authentic performances of landmarks from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The group featured Wesleyan Private Lessons Teachers Roy Wiseman on double bass, Perry Elliot on violin, and Julie Ribchinsky on cello; Liz Smith on flute, clarinet, and saxophone; and Gary Chapman on piano. Elite Syncopation performs historic American music, with […]

On Friday, November 30, 2018 Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and puppeteer Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble directed by Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, with guest drummer Darsono, presented a Javanese wayang kulit, the puppet play employing intricately carved leather puppets, accompanied by an ensemble of tuned gongs, metallophones, two stringed fiddle, xylophone, drums, and […]

On Thursday, November 29, 2018 Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective AD HOC BACH presented the next installment of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas: BWV 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

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