Music

Events

Friday, February 27, 2015

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan graduate student Maho Ishiguro and Ari Palawi, Program Coordinator, Syiah Kuala University's Center for the Arts, at 7:30pm

"Dine/Dance/Discover" at 5:30pm in Fayerweather Dance and Theater Studios--add $20 to your regular ticket price.

"Tari Aceh! (Celebrate Aceh!)" at the Connecticut premiere of this group of nine female performers from Aceh, Indonesia on their first-ever tour of the United States. Their dances, inherited from their ancestors, are stunning in their synchronicity. They include rhythmic body percussion and the singing of both Islamic liturgical and folk texts, accompanied by percussion. The dancers are between the ages of 14 and 24, and study at Syiah Kuala University on the northernmost tip of Sumatra, Indonesia.

A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Presented in association with the Asia Society, New York. This event is also part of the Performing Arts Series, as well as "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue

Sunday, March 01, 2015

03:00 pm - 04:15 pm

Stanley Maxwell

"Hearing this quartet bop their way through their own brand of modern jazz is like a cleanser for the overexposed mind, as the four players manage to create an ensemble-sized sound with a wealth of nuance and compositional thoughtfulness."
--Home Grown Music Network

The Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisation. The conservatory-trained group of musicians features Andy Chatfield on drumset and percussion, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano and melodica.

The group has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction, which helped lead to their winning "Best Jazz Band" in the Hartford Advocate's Grand Band Slam Readers' Poll in 2007, 2009, and 2010.

"Mousetrap" is an eleven-bar blues influenced by Thelonious Monk from their debut album "Don't Wake The Baby!" The band's recording of the composition by pianist Evan Green attracted international attention, including "Mousetrap" winning "Best Jazz Song" in the 7th annual Independent Music Awards in December 2007.

This event is part of the "Music at The Russell House" series.

The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown