poster for Jazz ImprovisationsGUEST ARTISTS JOIN FACULTY MEMBER FOR JAZZ IMPROVISATIONS

The Department of Music and Theatre, with support from University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present guest artists Michael Bisio and Adam Siegel along with faculty member Bob Gluck in a concert of Jazz Improvisations on Thursday, September 22 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.   The concert will be preceded by two afternoon events: an open rehearsal from 1:15 to 2:30pm and a participatory workshop from 2:45 to 4pm.

Reflecting a stylistically diverse approach to jazz and open improvisation, the bassist (Bisio), saxophonist (Siegel) and pianist (Gluck) will present a concert of improvised trio music.  The performance marks a musical reunion for Bisio and Gluck whose trio with drummer Dean Sharp (2007-11) released two FMR albums. Bill Millkowski (Jazz Times) called “Returning” (2011) "a perfect balance between formal composition and free jazz…" Jazz Review heard in it "an intensity and sensitivity that is spellbinding." Bisio and Siegel also form two-thirds of the Tani Tabbal Trio.

The afternoon events are offered 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 means of communication, musical and other, and as a vehicle to find common ground between people of diverse ethnicities and cultures. Participants in the workshop should bring instruments and/or their voices.  Attendees are welcome to join in or simply observe.

Siegel is an accomplished musician who performs widely in the Capital Region. With over a decade of experience as a jazz improviser, he has proven himself to be a distinct voice on the alto saxophone. Siegel has shared the stage with such greats as Dick Oatts, Jon Gordon, Joe Magnarelli, Grant Stewart, Tani Tabbal, Jeff Coffin, Matt Mitchell, Michael Bisio and Pete Seeger.

Troy-born, NYC-based Bisio is one of the most virtuosic and imaginative performers on the double bass. He has 90 recordings in his discography, 25 of them split evenly between leader/co-leader and 10 documenting his extraordinary association with modern piano icon Matthew Shipp. Collaborators also include Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Connie Crothers, Whit Dickey, Ivo Perelman, Barbara Donald, Newman Taylor Baker, Rob Brown, Sonny Simmons and Sabir Mateen.

Gluck, also an electronic musician and author, has released nine CDs, most recently “Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band” (FMR, 2016, with Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson and Christopher Dean Sullivan) and two books -- “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” (2012) and “The Miles Davis ‘Lost’ Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles” (2016), both published by University of Chicago Press. Collaborators include Eddie Allen, Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Billy Hart, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Ken Filiano, Joe Giardullo, Eddie Henderson, Ras Moshe Burnett, Aruan Ortiz, Neil Rolnick, Dean Sharp, Andrew Sterman and Tani Tabbal.

Tickets for the concert 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.  Admission for the open rehearsal and workshop are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.