Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jazz, John & Charles: A Reminder

It's shaping up to be a busy Arts week here in town. Tonight (January 27), Tuesday Jazz at Public, 337 Main Street, wraps up a month focussed on vocalists with Raphaelle Brochet fronting an ensemble featuring Kris Jensen (saxophone), Doug Schlink (piano), Ben Belillo (drums) and Brian Jenkins (bass.) Ms. Brochet has studied and performed music in Paris, India, Iran and Montreal with interests that range from South Indian Carnatic music to Iranian traditional music to classic jazz. Her website, www.raphaellebrochet.com, has several examples of her ability to sing in different styles. The music starts at 5 p.m. Fort more information, call 343-8850.

Composer John Luther Adams comes to Wesleyan this week for a lecture, panel discussion, demonstrations and sound installation. The last item takes place first; "Veils" is a series of electronic "soundscapes" installed in the World Music Hall, Wyllys Avenue, that takes 6 hours to unfold. One can "walk into the piece" at any time and experience its many different sonic "colors." The event begins at 5 p.m.

Tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in the CFA Cinema, Adams delivers a lecture titled "A Personal Journey into the Music of the Arctic." The Alaskan citizen has become well-known for his music built on the solitude of his adopted landscape. Both events are free and open to the public.

Adams will take part in one of the panel discussions surrounding the "Ives Vocal Marathon" that runs from Thursday through Sunday. Professor/composer/pianist Neely Bruce has done a tremendous amount of work on this project, bringing teachers, researchers and performers from throughout the country (and beyond) to Middletown. Composer Kyle Gann gets the ball rolling Thursday evening at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Wyllys Avenue, with his keynote address "Must a Songs Always be a Song." For all the pertinent information, go to www.ivesvocalmarathon.com. For tickets to the concerts, call the Box Office at 685-3355.

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