poster for Aruan Ortiz residencyTWO-DAY RESIDENCY FEATURES GUEST ARTIST

The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present a two-day residency featuring noted Cuban-American jazz pianist and composer, Aruan Ortiz, in collaboration with UAlbany professor and pianist, Bob Gluck. The residency will take place Monday & Tuesday, October 24 & October 25, 2011 and will include a lecture, master class and concluding duet concert by Ortiz and Gluck. All events will be open to the public and will take place in the Recital Hall of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.

First off in the residency is a lecture/demonstration by Ortiz on the topics of “Cuban Jazz” and “Jazz and Race” in the Cuban environment. The talk is scheduled for Monday, October 24 from 2:45 to 5pm. The residency continues with a master class in jazz performance on Tuesday, October 25 from 1:15 to 3:15pm. Musicians at all levels of expertise are encouraged to come. No prior experience with jazz is required, although proficient players are welcomed. There is no charge for admission to the lec/dem or participation in the master class. More information on both of these events may be obtained by calling the Music Department at (518) 442-4187.

The centerpiece of the residency is an improvisational jazz duo piano performance by Ortiz and Gluck. The concert is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

Aruan Ortiz is best known as the pianist with the acclaimed Wallace Roney Quintet. From Santiago de Cuba, he is a classically trained violist and pianist whose sound is as marked by the influence of the contemporary classical composers such as Schoenberg, Ravel and Copland as by traditional Afro Cuban sounds and jazz greats Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk. His jazz career took off as a sideman in Barcelona and Paris, and later in the U.S. with Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Cindy Blackman, Esperanza Spalding, Gary Thomas, Wayne Krantz, Rasheed Ali, Stefon Harris and others. His work as a composer includes chamber music, music for contemporary dance and other settings. For more information: http://www.aruanortiz.net

Bob Gluck is a pianist, composer, writer and Associate Professor of Music at the UAlbany. He has released three recordings of music for jazz trio and three of electronic music. Karl Ackerman (All About Jazz) wrote about his work: “As a composer and player, Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor.” His most recent recording “Returning” was described by Jazz Review as displaying "an intensity and sensitivity that is spellbinding." Gluck studied music at the Julliard, Manhattan and Crane schools of music, the University at Albany and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Interactive Electronic Arts program (iEar). His forthcoming book is “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” (University of Chicago Press, July 2012). For more information: http://www.electricsongs.com

Funding support for this residency has been provided to the Department of Music
by the UAlbany Honors College and University Auxiliary Services.