Middlebury College Music Department Presents a Diverse Group of Professional Teaching Artists
Middlebury, VT—A talented and diverse group of professional musicians and teaching artists from will come together at Middlebury College for a group performance. The annual Affiliate Artist Collaborative Concert, which has become a much-anticipated event, will take place on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 P.M., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The parade of artists includes guitarist Paul Asbell, bagpiper Timothy Cummings, saxophonist Miles Donahue, oboist Dan Frostman, pianist Cynthia Huard, trumpeter and bassist Glendon Ingalls, trombonist Bear Irwin, clarinetist Steven Klimowski, and harmonica player Mark Lavoie.
Echoing the 20th anniversary of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, several of the Affiliate Artist performers are also marking anniversaries this season. Anne Janson has been teaching flute at Middlebury College for 25 years, as well as directing a flute ensemble many of those years. She is second flutist with the Vermont Symphony and a member of the music faculty at the University of Vermont.
Guitarist Paul Asbell is the founder of the well-known Vermont band Kilimanjaro. The Kilimanjaro story dates back to 1977, when Asbell assembled a tight-knit quartet of like-minded players to experiment with his the eclectic, jazz-based compositions. During the next several years, bassist Tony Markellis, drummer Bill Kinzie, and keyboardist Chas Eller self-produced two albums, which won national awards and rose to number 3 and number 5, respectively, on the national Jazz Radio Airplay charts. Numerous tour dates followed, including bookings at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kool Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, San Antonio, Texas’s Riverwalk Jazz Festival, and theater and club dates from coast to coast. In 2011, Kilimanjaro did an Indonesian tour, including several performances at the Java Jazz Fest, the fourth largest jazz festival in the world.
Harmonica player Mark Lavoie has been active in the blues music scene for several decades. He and guitarist Bill Sims comprise the American blues roots duo Delta Groove Music Artists,. They have performed recently on the legendary Blues Cruise, the Blues Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, and the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine. They are currently at work recording their second CD.
Bluegrass banjo, traditional fiddle, and mandolin player Peter Sutherland has been in the New England and national music scene for many decades, and is well-known and loved in the area. He has performed at concerts, dances, and festivals across North America and Europe, as a soloist and with many groups, including Clayfoot Strutters, Metamore, Ira Bernstein, Rhythm in Shoes, Pete and Karen Sutherland, and the Woodshed Alstars. Venues in which he has performed include the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Wolftrap, the Moab Music Festival, The Kaustinen Festival (Finland), and the Frankfurt Al Te Oper.
Sutherland and bagpipe player Tim Cummings will bring some unusual collaboration to the Affiliate Artist concert, introducing small pipes and voice to fiddle or banjo. Cummings was the 2002–03 Artist in Residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada (Summerside, Price Edward Island). While living in New Zealand, Cummings was a member of the highly competitive Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band, and has arranged much of their repertoire. In recent years he has led workshops and performed at the Northeast Heritage Music Camp, Maine Pipes & Fiddle weekends, The Pipers’ Gathering, PEI Fiddle Camp, the Vermont Bellowspipe & Fiddle School, Trad Camp (VT), the Upper Potomac Piper’s Weekend, and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. His first solo album, “The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia,” was released this year.
Clarinetist Steven Klimowski’s Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year. Their fall program of performances includes pieces by the Middlebury College Music Department’s ethnomusicologist, composer, and performer Damascus Kafumbe. Last year’s programs included pieces by Middlebury’s music department chair Peter Hamlin ’73. Klimowski is very active in the new music scene and has premiered several works for solo clarinet. He is artistic director of the Vermont Contemporary music ensemble, as well as principal clarinet in the Burlington Chamber orchestra. He performs regularly with the Opera Company of Middlebury.
To round out the eclectic group of performers, expect to hear Miles Donahue on saxophone; Bear Irwin on trombone; Dan Frostman on oboe, Susanne Peck, soprano; Eric Despard on classical guitar; and Glendon Ingalls on bass.
The Affiliate Artist Collaborative Concert will take place on Saturday, November 3 2012, at 8:00 P.M., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Admission is free. For information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts