Amidst the shifting cultural landscape of the 21st century’s emerging and noteworthy ensembles, A Far Cry has re-imagined nearly every aspect of how, where and for whom it performs, joining a growing list of prestigious artist ensembles, embracing the decision to lead from within.
I wonder if you are like me. Can you point to the very moment you got hooked on practicing? Not the moment, remembered so fondly by many of us, when we picked the instrument into which we would pour our blood, sweat and tears, but when you made the decision to embark on a journey to become a musician and all that goes with that.
Drummer Joe Farnsworth has emerged as quite possibly the world’s leading jazz drummer. Fierce on the bandstand in laying down uncompromising and often lightning-fast time, he transports the audience back to the days when “Philly” Joe Jones proved to be the driving engine of what would become known as “The Quintet.”
Slogging/Blogging Through Change chronicles the Music on the Square project. Narrated by School of Music Dean Mark McCoy and Mark Rabideau, director of the 21CM initiative, the blog promises a regularly updated and unvarnished look at community engagement.
Bass trombonist Dave Taylor transformed an instrument once relegated to playing whole notes below the staff and doomed to counting rests for a living into virtuosity.