Jazz News & Notices


Mercyhurst's Institute of Arts and Culture presents a broad-ranging array of music, dance and performance theater for the upcoming year.  A pre-premier Broadway musical in the making about life in Uganda, music from Canada, Sudan, Vienna, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, and New York.  Some jazz, some not.  But much to interest eclectic music lovers.  Programs of special interest are detailed below.: 

Prices for shows at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center.:  Box seats $30, General Admission for adults $20 or $17, Seniors & Military $17 or $14, Students & Youth $14 or $11.

Prices for shows at Walker Recital Hall:  Adults $15, Seniors & Military $12, Students & Youth $9


The Wellington Ukulele OrchestraFriday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo PAC.  THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL UKULELE ORCHESTRA.

This mix of sweet sounds and brawny guys is currently " New Zealand's hottest music/comedy ensemble."  With music ranging from Justin Timberlake to the Beatles to Cyndi Lauper to South Pacific fare (think Hawaiian), there should be a little something for everyone.

Renowned for their blend of charming Kiwi humor and disarmingly small ukuleles, the group was co-founded by Grammy and Oscar winner Bret McKensie.  Per MIAC's press release, the "WIUO has perfected a formula for joy and magic wherever they go, armed with high-octane ukulele skills , gorgeous vocal harmonies and flambouyant costumes."  So it should be fun!

Avi AvitalThursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall.  AVI AVITAL, mandolin.

Israel-born Avital's repertoire includes baroque and classical music, jazz, Israeli folk music  and more.  His musical skills are superior.  He has played for audiences at Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and was hailed by the New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and "stunning agility.".  He will be joined onstage by an accordionist and a percussionist.

Avital will bring a cross-cultural concert, highlighting his innovative transcriptions and a mastery of the classical mandolin repertory.

Dorrance DanceWednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo PAC.  DORRANCE DANCE.

Choreograpger and 2015 MacArthur fellow,Michelle Dorrance leads her troupe in honor of tap dance tradition, but enters a new trajectory of Street, club and experimental dance forms.  Tap dance, America's most long-standing jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due.  

With live musical accompaniment -- dance blended with house music, blues and solo tap.  Dorrance has led her company of all-star dancers to sold-out performances at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Kennedy center and more.  Now its Erie's turn to experience the rhythms in a three-part flight of dance.

MatutoThursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall.  MATUTO.

Bluegrass, swing, rock & blues -- combined with their Brazilian counterparts: forro chorinho, samba and marakatu.

Guitarist Clay Ross, accordianist Rob Curto and a band of NYC and Brazilian percussionists.  Improvisation.  New musical directions!  Brazilian folk rhythms fused with swampy bluegrass from the American South.  Finding comfort among  jazz and blues legends, folk music traditionalists, and indie rock experimentalists, the band combines roots music with genuine Brazilian styles in improvisational experimentation.



Allison MillerThursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall.  ALLISON MILLER'S BOOM TIC BOOM.

And for the finale, a real jazzer -- NYC-based drummer Allison Miller, with excellent support from pianist Myra Melford and bassist Tod Sickafoose.  The trio has appeared at New York's Winter Jazz Fest and on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.  Attentive listeners have been picking up on her propulsion, melodic sensibilities, and inventive palette of acoustic colors, and she has placed among Downbeat's 20 top jazz drummers.

For more information, go to:  http://miac.mercyhurst.edu/events/filter/live.






September 3, 2015