Electro-Acoustic Ensemble Performs at Next Jazz Forum

earplay.jpgThe Jazz Forum series is a unique master class blended with performances, designed to expose jazz majors and guests to a wide variety of jazz styles. Guest musicians perform their music with commentary in a relaxed atmosphere, hosted by Jazz Studies Director Doug Liebinger.

Up next in the series is Michael Smolens & the earPlay Jazzquintet, performing on Wednesday, March 23 at 1 p.m. in the Green Music Center, Room 1029. The campus community and general public are welcome to attend.

The earPlay Jazzquintet, led by Bay Area keyboardist/composer Smolens, is a groundbreaking electro-acoustic ensemble with a uniquely kaleidoscopic sound. They take stylistic variety to new heights, cross-fertilizing North Indian, West African, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern influences with jazz and 20th-century classical idioms.

The final event in the Jazz Forum series takes place Wednesday, May 11 with Pete Estabrook and the Faculty Blue Note Collective. SSU jazz faculty Pete Estabrook, trumpet with John Simon, piano; Jordan Wardlaw, saxophones; Cliff Hugo, bass; and Kendrick Freeman, drums, will play music of the blue note masters from the 1950s and '60s.

For more information, contact Doug Leibinger at (707) 664-4149 or email doug.leibinger@sonoma.edu.

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