Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history
,” Grammy Award-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano
has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path finding force in the arena of creative music. His long-relationship with musical titan Gunther Schuller
culminated with two Blue Note recordings: Streams of Expression (2006) and Rush Hour (1995).
Lovano has a long history of collaborating with MIT, from performing and rehearsing with the Festival Jazz Ensemble on works by Senior Lecturer Mark Harvey (founder of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra) in 2002, to regularly working with Fred Harris (director of MIT’s Wind and Jazz Ensembles) on contemporary jazz pieces. For his October 4 concert honoring the late Gunther Schuller, in addition to performing music from Rush Hour as a trio (with Boston-bassist and MIT Affiliated Artist Keala Kaumeheiwa and Harris, drums) Lovano will also perform MIT composer and Professor of Music Peter Child‘s Moonsculptures, an attractive Third Stream influenced composition for tenor saxophone, violin, and piano. Violinist and Schuller devotee Young-Nam Kim (Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota), and pianist and Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT David Deveau (Rockport Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director) join Lovano. Other chamber works by Child and Harris round out the program performed by Kim and his son Daniel Kim, new violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. One of Schuller’s closest friends and perhaps greatest advocate, the legendary Third Stream pianist and educator Ran Blake (New England Conservatory) will make a very special solo guest appearance on the program.
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