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Craig Taborn and Gust Burns
Two leaders of East and West coast piano innovation debut their new collaborative two pianos project at Brechemin Auditorium on Saturday, October 15 when Craig Taborn and Gust Burns present "Two Pianos," co-sponsored by the School of Music, Non-Sequitur, and Earshot Jazz. A valued sideman of Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Potter, and other modernists, Taborn has an acclaimed new ECM release, Avenging Angel, that has solidified his stature as a musical leader and one of the most original... Read more
first University Orchestra
Musical instruction has been an important part of the offerings at the University of Washington since 1862, when piano instruction was first offered just one year after the territorial university first opened its doors 150 years ago. By 1888 a Conservatory of Music had been organized within the university, and two years later, the university newspaper announced, “The Conservatory of Music has been enlarged and students now have the opportunity of taking lessons in violin, mandolin, and guitar... Read more
Alex Acuna
Tom Collier, head of the School of Music Percussion Studies and Jazz Studies programs, resurrects his popular Mallethead series this year with a trio of percussion-centered programs featuring distinguished guest drummers of international renown. The series kicks off on Friday, November 18 at the Meany Studio Theater with a performance spotlighting guest drummer Alex Acuña, who achieved acclaim in the 1970s through his work with jazz fusion group Weather Report as well as many other well known... Read more
Homayoun Sakhi
The Ethnomusicology program continues a 50-year tradition in 2011-12 of welcoming to the School of Music renowned visiting artists from around the world. Visiting artists for the 2011-12 academic year include Kedmon Mapana, a specialist in the Wagogo musical tradition of central Tanzania, in residence during Fall Quarter; Andy Statman, an internationally renowned clarinet and mandolin virtuoso in residence during Winter Quarter; and Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader, preservationists and... Read more
Carole Terry
Faculty, students, and guest artists will perform in a special series of concerts throughout 2011-12 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UW's Littlefield Organ Series. The series, which gets under way Friday, Oct. 28 with the popular annual Halloween organ concert, continues in November with recitals by noted Northwest organists and UW faculty members Carole Terry and Douglas Cleveland performing with faculty colleagues from the UW School of Music. Guest artists Robert Huw Morgan of... Read more