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Fall 2013 Music Series at Cornish College of the Arts

August 26, 2013

Cornish College of the Arts announces the Fall 2013 Cornish Music Series calendar featuring 16 dynamic concert performances and 12 masterclasses.

The fall series highlights a visiting artist residency by Downbeat magazine’s “rising star” Darcy James Argue, and the inventive young composer Missy Mazzoli.

Chamber music fans will want to hear concerts by Peggy Dees and Friends and Cristina Valdes and Trio Parladote performing the music of Seattle composer Wayne Horvitz, a musical look into the world of Alice in Wonderland entitled “What Would Alice Do?” featuring soprano Natalie Lerch, and award-winning Finnish pianist Marja Kaisla.

Jazz audiences will certainly not want to miss ten different concerts presented this fall as part of the Earshot jazz festival. This year Cornish welcomes John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley, the Dave Douglas Quintet, Chris Speed Trio, Si O Si Quartet, “jazz flutist of the year” Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal Quartet, piano/viola duo Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri, composer Darcy James Argue & the Cornish Contemporary Big Band, the Kora Band and Kneebody.

The Fall 2013 concert series concludes with audience perennial favorite Gamelan Pacifica.

Masterclasses this fall include cellist Rushad Eggleston, Brazilian pianist Debora Gurgel, Cuban son performers La Familia Valera Miranda, jazz drummer Mike Clark, jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen, saxophonist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley, Latin percussion master Dafnis Prieto, pianist Gregg Kallor and Finnish concert pianist Marja Kaisla.

All events are at Cornish College of the Arts’ PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy St., Seattle. Free parking available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets vary by event: check event details for specifics.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.cornish.edu/musicseries or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1.800.838.3006.

Rushad Eggleston
Wednesday, September 11, 12:30pm
Innovative cellist Rushad Eggleston, known for his mastery of rhythm and improvisation, presents a masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

Debora Gurgel
Thursday, September 12, 12:30 p.m.
Brazilan pianist and composer Debora Gurgel presents a masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

Peggy Dees and Friends
Sunday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Clarinetist Peggy Dees is joined by Peter Mack (piano), Rowena Hammill (cello), and Anne Cady (violin) in a concert featuring works by Brahms and contemporary composer David Maslanka.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.

The Music of Wayne Horvitz
Thursday, September 26, 8 p.m.
Trio Pardalote (violinist Victoria Parker, violist Heather Bentley, and cellist Rowena Hammill), pianist Cristina Valdes, and composer Wayne Horvitz perform new works by Horvitz for piano, strings, and electronics.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.

La Familia Valera Miranda
Wednesday, October 2, 12:30 p.m.
Direct from Santiago de Cuba, La Familia Valera Miranda is one of the purest exponents of the Cuban musical genre known as son. The group presents a master class while in Seattle for the first time since 2001.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

Mike Clark
Thursday, October 3, 12:30 p.m.
Mike Clark, one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers, presents a masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet
Sunday, October 6, 8 p.m.
The Claudia Quintet—John Hollenbeck (drummer and composer), Chris Speed (clarinet/tenor saxophone), Red Wierenga (accordion/piano), Drew Gress (bass), Matt Moran (vibraphone), has walked a unique path through contemporary jazz since their founding in the late ‘90s. Hollenbeck’s original compositions skillfully reveal the exceptional artistry of each musician.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.

Inga Swearingen
Wednesday, October 9, 12:30 p.m.
Award-winning vocalist, recording artist, and teacher of voice and improvisation Inga Swearingen presents this masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley
Thursday, October 10, 12:30 masterclass and 8 p.m. concert
World-renowned Ken Vandermark, whose vanguard saxophone earned him a MacArthur Fellowship, performs improvised works with Nate Wooley, an extended-technique trumpeter on the booming Brooklyn improv scene. Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Dave Douglas Quintet and The Westerlies
Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m.
Trumpeter Dave Douglas brings his dynamic Quintet—Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Bobby Avey (piano), Linda Oh (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums)—to Cornish for this special double-bill. The Westerlies, playing the music of Wayne Horvitz, open the concert. Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Concert Tickets: $22 general; $20 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $11 students

Chris Speed, Dave King & Chris Tordini Trio/ Bad Luck
Sunday, October 13, 8 p.m.
Three seasoned innovators join forces to examine the trio work of Joe Henderson: Chris Speed (sax/clarinet, Human Feel), Dave King (drums, The Bad Plus), and Chris Tordini (bass, Jean-Michel Pilc Trio). Opening: the “hard-edged and audacious” (NY Jazz Record) duo of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch. Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Dafnis Prieto and Peter Apfelbaum
Thursday, October 17, 12:30 p.m.
Bandleader, drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum present this masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public

Si o Si Quartet
Thursday, October 17, 8 p.m.
Cuban percussion titan Dafnis Prieto raises the bar with his breathtaking skill, precision and imagination that earned him a 2011 MacArthur Foundation “genius” composer with his Si o Si Quartet, including Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Manuel Valera (piano), and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass). Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Concert Tickets: $22 general; $20 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $11 students

Gregg Kallor
October 22, 2013, 1 p.m.
Gregg Kallor, a pianist who successfully straddles the line between the jazz and classical world, present a masterclass.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public

Nicole Mitchell Ice Crystal Quartet
Friday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Nicole Mitchell, “the most important jazz flutist of her generation” (All About Jazz), draws from gospel, African percussion, and other elements into a thrilling extension of jazz. With Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Joshua Abrams (bass), and Frank Rosaly (drums). Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Concert Tickets: $22 general; $20 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $11 students

Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri
Sunday, October 27, 8 p.m.
Increasingly recognized for his work, modernist jazz pianist Lucian Ban teams up with violist Matt Maneri to present works from their new ECM album Transylvanian Concert. Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Darcy James Argue & Cornish Contemporary Big Band
Thursday, October 31, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn-based composer Darcy James Argue, a five-time winner of the DownBeat critics poll, is credited with “making big band cool again”(Time Out New York). Argue concludes his two-week residency at Cornish leading the Cornish Contemporary Big Band in this concert of his compositions.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.

Kora Band
Sunday, November 3, 8 p.m.
Drawing well-deserved attention far from their Portland and Seattle roots, the Kora Band combines elements of jazz and West African music. Andrew Oliver (piano), Kane Mathis (kora/guitar), Chad McCullough (trumpet), Brady Millard-Kish (bass) and Mark DiFlorio (drums). Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Kneebody
Thursday, November 7, 12:30 masterclass and 8 p.m. concert
Kneebody’s music transcends genres and expectations by coupling explosive rock energy with nuanced chamber ensemble playing, highly wrought compositions and adventurous no-holds-barred improvisation. Adam Benjamin (keyboard), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Ben Wendel (tenor saxophone), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), and Nate Wood (drums). Presented as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.
Concert Tickets: $18 general; $16 Earshot Jazz members & seniors; $9 students

Missy Mazzoli
Tuesday, November 12, 1 p.m.
Highly acclaimed young composer Missy Mazzoli presents a masterclass as part of her weeklong residency at Cornish.
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

What Would Alice Do?
Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Soprano Natalie Lerch, baritone Robert Wade and pianist Guinevere Saenger explore the world of Alice in Wonderland through music.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.

Scrape
Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m.
Scrape is a stellar seventeen-piece string orchestra comprised of top professional players with a sense of adventure. Come celebrate the release of their first CD featuring compositions by Eyvind Kang and Jim Knapp.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.

Marja Kaisla
Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m. concert
Monday, November 25, 12:30 p.m. masterclass
The Finlandia Foundation’s National Performer of the Year 2013, Marja Kaisla, presents a solo piano recital of classic and contemporary works by Sibelius and others.
Concert Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Masterclass: Free and open to the public.

Bach-Gamel
Sunday, December 8, 7 p.m.
Featuring Seattle’s renowned gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica, with vocalist Jessika Kenney and four of today’s Baroque music specialists Linda Tsatsanis (voice), Nathan Whittaker (cello), Janet See (flute), and Byron Schenkman (keyboard), Bach-Gamel explores the similarities between music of the European Baroque and Javanese Gamelan.
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students & Cornish alumni
Limited Teen Tix available for members online and at the door, subject to availability.