Just when we should be out Christmas shopping, this is going to be the busiest
week of the performance year.
Monday, December 1: Sue will be performing with the Bridgewater State College Faculty World Music Trio, comprised on Sue on flute, whistle, and sax, with Department Chair Salil Sachdev and guitarist Tom Rohde. The idea of the World Music Trio is to combine the varied backgrounds of faculty to create something new... this one combines Sue's Irish and jazz background with Salil's extensive percussion repertoire, with a specialty in West African and frame drumming, along with Tom Rohde's classically trained but now markedly Brazilian guitar style. And... there will be a couple of percussion-only pieces. One is a Brazilian samba and the other a Middle Eastern piece. It's a wild concoction that is still stewing and this is the first tasting, so to speak. We'll be joined by accordionist Evan Harlan for much of the concert.
The second half of the concert features Power/Batik, the Jazz Trio consisting of Jacob Willimas on bass, David bond on saxophone, and Greg Conroy on drums. Each member of Power/Batik has had direct associations with modern jazz masters such as George Russell, Maynard Ferguson, Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Charlie Mariano and Anthony Braxton. As a collective, this trio's music is fueled by this strong lineage. Blending tradition and the cutting-edge in jazz improvisation, the trio performs original compositions as well as jazz compositions by well known masters.
Concert kicks off at 7:30pm in the Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall, Bridgewater.
Tuesday, December 2: Sue's Irish Traditional Ensemble class at Bridgewater will perform a couple of pieces during the concert of Khakatay, Bridgewater's African drumming ensemble. Concert at 7:30pm in the Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall, Bridgewater.
Thursday, December 4: The Traditional Irish Music Ensemble will perform a cameo during the Wind Ensemble Concert, and join them on a traditional wind ensemble piece, "The King Across the Water." Concert also at 7:30pm in the Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall, Bridgewater.
And next weekend, there's the Cranberry Area Hospice Festival of Trees and a Celtic Christmas Concert at the Plymouth Public Library. Stay tuned for more info!