Pre-semester Workshop with
Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins & Trebien Pollard
Friday and Saturday: September 3-4, 2010
9 am – 5 pm each day with a break for lunch
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ANYONE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR DANCE COMPANY
SHOULD ATTEND THIS PRE-SEMESTER WORKSHOP.
A two-day experience of technique, culture, and choreography presented through the artistic perspectives of Dance Company of Middlebury 2010/2011 guest choreographer Trebien Pollard and Connecticut College faculty member Shani Collins. Students will have the opportunity to study with each artist for an entire day exploring technique, artistic process, cultural perspective, and repertory.
Designed for students with previous dance experience (DANC 0160/3 or by permission). Participants should plan to attend the full workshop. See Penny Campbell for more information. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins is a New York-based performing artist. Born in Greensboro, NC, she earned her BA in Dance from Hollins University and her MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival (ADF) at Duke University. SNIC has taught and performed nationally/internationally with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Urban Bush Women, Bill T. Jones,/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The National Dance Company of Mozambique, and in Trinidad with the “Roots and Wings” Movement. She is a recipient of the “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award.
Trebien Pollard is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a BS in Mathematics Education and a MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He received training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and from a number of gifted teachers and choreographers. Trebien has performed with many dance companies, including Tania Isaac Dance, Nia Love, Martha Graham Ensemble, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn Co., Erick Hawkins Dance Co., the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Pilobolus. He has also worked as a guest artist with Urban Bush Women.
Jazz has been part of the Middlebury experience since the early 1930’s, when a group of students formed a band to play the music that’s come to be called America’s National Treasure. Jazz continues to be heard in practice rooms and performance spaces across campus. The Music Department supports a vibrant jazz scene with two organized activities for jazz players - The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Workshop, periodic courses in jazz and other popular music genres, and jazz-specific private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums.
Visit http://sites.middlebury.edu/middjazz for the latest in jazz news.
The SOUND INVESTMENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE is the department’s 17-piece big band that builds on the 80-year history of swingin’ music at Middlebury. The band plays the best of contemporary jazz arrangements in addition to celebrating the great tunes of the swing- and jazz band repertoire. The ensemble uses the traditional mix of saxes, trombones, trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums, supplemented on occasion by other instruments and vocalists. Membership in the ensemble is by audition and is open to both music majors and non-majors; experienced players are especially encouraged to apply. There are openings in all sections, with a particular need this year for trombonists.
The full band rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30, in MCFA 221; with additional sectional rehearsals to be arranged. Fall 2015 rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 23. We’ll probably play 5 or 6 gigs during the year.
Auditions will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, from 2:00 to 5:00 each day, in MCFA 217. Please sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside the Music Department office, MCFA 307. Other audition times may be possible by appointment. Audition specifics can be found at www.sites.middlebury.edu/middjazz
Academic credit for playing in the band is available. (See course listing for MUSC 0205D.) Band members are strongly urged to take private lessons with one of the Department’s Affiliate Artists. A significant discount is offered to encourage doing this. Playing with The SIJE meets the Music Department’s performance ensemble requirement for music majors.
SINGERS: PLEASE NOTE! We’re planning on performing a couple of arrangements for SATB vocal quartet and big band. Please contact Dick Forman if you’re interested in auditioning.
The Jazz Workshop provides a weekly opportunity for jazz students to work on repertoire development, jazz idiom and theory, improvisation and playing in small groups. Previous jazz experience is not necessary, but competency on your instrument is required. Beginning jazz players are welcome; advanced students are encouraged to participate. Combo performances are encouraged and supported in spaces around campus, at 51 Main (the College’s downtown bistro) and in presentations in the Center for the Arts.
The workshop meets on Thursdays, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Center for the Arts, room 221. The first session this Fall will be on Thursday, September 24, but rescheduled for 7:00 p.m. to avoid conflicts with the Clifford Symposium keynote address. Auditions are not required. If you would like to participate in the workshop, you're welcome to just show up at the first session. We'll set up initial combos at that first session. For more information and to be added to the mailing list please contact Dick Forman at Forman@middlebury.edu
We’re happy to feature several recordings of our current and former students. The recordings were made at performances in the MCA Concert Hall, using two fixed microphones mounted over the stage. The recording results are, unfortunately, not studio-quality, but the samples will give you an idea of the material we play and the great music we make together.
88 Basie Street. Composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico. SIJE, featuring Felix Klos ‘14, piano.
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Bag’s Groove. Composed by Milt Jackson, arranged by John Clayton, Jr.. SIJE, featuring Grace Bell ‘13, vibes, Jeff Haswell ’12, tenor sax, and Peter Moore ’14, alto sax.
I Hope in Time a Change Will Come. Composed and arranged by Oliver Nelson. SIJE, featuring Andy Singer, ’11, soprano sax.
Time after Time. Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne. Arranged for the Marty Paich Orchestra. SIJE, featuring Elizabeth Goffe ’09, vocals, Ross Bell ’10, tenor sax.
Time after Time. Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne. The Felix Klos Trio. Felix Klos ’14, piano, Brian Parker ’14, bass, Joel Feier, ’13 drums.