poster for concert by Christopher Dean Sullivan & Bob GluckGUEST ARTIST JOINS FACULTY MEMBER FOR IMPROVISED MUSIC

The University at Albany Department of Music, with support from University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present guest artist Christopher Dean Sullivan (bass) and faculty member Bob Gluck (piano) in a program of improvised music on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Drummer Tani Tabbal will also perform. The concert will be stylistically diverse, ranging from jazz to electroacoustic music and open improvisation.

Christopher Dean Sullivan has shared the stage and recorded with a remarkably diverse group of musicians, among them Stanley Jordan, Pete Seeger, Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Grant Green, Joe McPhee, Joe Lovano, Cotton Club All Star Orchestra, The Drifters and the Sharelles. He is a renowned bassist of many musical languages: Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Latin, Fusion, Caribbean, Indian, African, and Eurocentric perceptions, rock, country and more. As an educator, Sullivan has led numerous workshops across the state.

Bob Gluck is Associate Professor of Music at UAlbany. He has released seven CDs, most recently a series of duets with Aruan Ortiz, for piano and electronics, “Textures and Pulsations” (Ictus Records, 2012). Gluck’s book “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” was released in 2012 by University of Chicago Press.

Tani Tabbal has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, James Carter, Geri Allen and Cassandra Wilson & the Sun Ra Arkestra. He is also a member of the percussion ensemble Pieces of Time along with Andrew Cyrille, Famadou Don Moye and Obo Addy.

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.

Sullivan and Gluck will also conduct an improvisation workshop on Thursday, October 10 from 2:45pm to 5:15pm. It is open to the public and admission is free.  This will be the fourth in a series of multi-season musical improvisation events with the goal to introduce musicians of all backgrounds and levels of skill to the art of musical improvisation. The premise is to teach how to use improvisation as a non-verbal way to communicate and find common ground between people of diverse ethnicities and cultures. Participants should bring instruments and/or their voices and feel free to join in or to observe.