Pivot Convocation’s Spring Series

Jazz artist Brad Shepik kicks off the 2018 Spring Pivot Convocation series.. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Pivot Convocation’s Spring Series

The Pivot Convocation series is a noontime session at PONCHO where a visiting artists play a short set of their own work, then sit down for an interview with a current Cornish Music student or faculty member to discuss the ever-changing (pivoting!) life of a 21st century musician. Spring's line-up includes five alumni and seven other artists.

January 23 - Brad Shepik

Jazz guitarist and composer Brad Shepik ‘88 starts off the Spring 2018 Pivot Convocation. He will be interviewed on stage by current Cornish student Robert Marquis. On January 24, Shepik and cellist/composer Brent Arnold team up for a performance at The Royal Room in Columbia City.

January 25 - Brent Arnold

Cornish alum Brent Arnold is a cellist and composer with a wildly unorthodox approach, using amplification, guitar-like fingerpicking, electronics, and techniques from Arabic, Eastern, and African music. Arnold will be interviewed by current Cornish student Liam Hardison.

February 1 - Andrew Drury

Percussionist Andrew Drury grew up near Seattle and works primarily in avant-jazz and free improvisation. He and his Resonant Bodies bandmate Stephanie Richards (trumpet) will be interviewed by senior Music student Ruby Dunphy before they perform that evening at The Royal Room in Columbia City.

February 15 - Tomeka Reid

Chicago-based cellist, composer and educator Tomeka Reid is in residence with Cornish Music this week. Reid will perform that night at PONCHO in a collaboration between Cornish Presents and 33rd Seattle Improvised Music Festival.

February 20 - Sassy Black

Composer, singer and innovator Sassy Black’s (aka Catherine Harris White ‘08) craft reflects experimentation through music compilation and composition. Black’s musical group THEESatisfaction which was signed to legendary Sub Pop Records in 2011. Black will be interviewed by 4th year Music student Sarah Burkhart.

February 22 - Nico Torres

Seattle-based intermedia artist Nico Torres works as a composer, accompanist, performer, designer, and educator. She collaborates and performs with several of Seattle’s contemporary dance entities, and has scored works featured in various prominent Northwest festivals and venues.Tower will be interviewed by Cornish faculty member Jarrad Powell.

March 6 - Cristi Catt

Soprano Cristi Catt is a classically trained singer who specializes in mixing contemporary, world, and early vocal music.

March 8 - Bobby Previte

Drummer Bobby Previte is a composer and performer whose work explores the nexus between notated and improvised music.

More in March and April

Additional Pivot Convocation events will feature faculty member Paul Taub (March 20), Emerald City Music (March 22), Persian Music (April 5), Gregg Belisle-Chi ‘11 (April 10), and Adrienne Varner (April 19).

All Pivot Convocation events take place at PONCHO in Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St.

For more visiting artist events at Cornish College of the Arts, check our calendar.