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Simon's Rock Jazz Ensemble to perform faculty composition and standards in winter concert

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA –- The Simon's Rock Jazz Ensemble will present its Winter Concert at the McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. 

Directed by faculty member John Myers, this concert will include the premier of Myers’ piece  "Song for the Earth," featuring junior Alec Schmidt on didgeridoo, an instrument originally played by indigenous Australians. The concert will also include special arrangements of pieces by Django Reinhardt and Stevie Wonder, and jazz standards in a variety of styles.

John Myers is faculty member in Music, Interactive Arts, and Asian Studies.  A guitarist, musicologist, interactive media developer, and composer, his work has been included in recordings, multimedia productions, and print publications.  His audio CD, “Look In,” released on the Jungsoul label in January 2004, features his original jazz compositions and performances on classical and electric guitars, clarinet, and electronic instruments.  His book, Way of the Pipa: Structure and Aesthetics in Chinese Lute Music, was published in 1992 by Kent State University Press, and he has written for journals and reference books as well,  including Ethnomusicology and the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.  He has created interactive CD-ROMs as well as a computer based installation for an exhibit at the Visual Art Museum in New York.  With Alice Myers, he created a series of wide-screen digital animations for live performances of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  Their cross-platform CD ROM, “Tabla: A Journey into Eastern Percussion,” explores rhythmic techniques and form in the classical music of North India. 

John Myers has a BA from Towson State University, an MM from Howard University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706