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Take a trip through the “wild worlds” of jazz music—at the free Bach’s Lunch program on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:10pm, at the Concord Community Music School Recital Hall (23 Wall Street, Concord, NH). Jazz is the melting pot of contemporary music. At the May 4 Bach's Lunch, Music School faculty member Matt Langley, a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and music coach, discusses the effect of world cultures on jazz music in the last 30 years. Who are some of the artists leading the way? Find out – and check out some fantastic modern jazz with fellow music enthusiasts. Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord. Bring your lunch! “Musical Migrations” is the theme of this year’s Bach’s Lunch programs, which are an outgrowth of the Music School’s leadership work on the Steering Committee of the Welcoming Concord Initiative. Welcoming Concord began through the statewide efforts of the Endowment for Health’s Immigration Integration Initiative, and is a forum for collective action and shared learning, with the goal of warmly welcoming New Americans into the cultural, economic, and civic life of the region. The Bach's Lunch Series is sponsored by the Timothy and Abigail Walker Lecture Fund and the Gertrude Couch Trust; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee. For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
About the Speaker Matt Langley (saxophone) had a great band director at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, NH that opened the doors to the paradoxical joy of improvisation at an early age. Thus began a largely self-guided musical journey that has also included a brief period of lessons with saxophonist Stan Strickland, an Aebersold Jazz Camp encounter with "Blue Lou" Marini and David Baker and a visit to UNH's Summer Youth Music School. Since beginning his professional career directly out of high school, Matt's love of music has taken him from blues bars in Waterville, Maine to the famous Green Mill in Chicago, Illinois. From the Boston Globe Jazz Festival to Sunday Services at the Second Congregational Church in Kittery, Maine. Matt has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kolhlhase Quintet, with his own group Color, with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis' System of 5, with Pianist Ted Brancato whose CD The Next Step features Matt extensively on Soprano and Tenor Saxophone. Ted and Matt toured the Pacific Northwest in the Fall of 2013 performing music from the CD in concert halls, colleges and night clubs with some of the finest jazz musicians from the Seattle area. Recent recordings include Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales self titled soul CD and, in August of 2016, Mike Effenberger’s Weird Turn Pro for winter or spring 2017 release. Matt has collaborated with visual jazz artist Roger Goldenberg on the audio visual feast, in Ears 'n Eyes since 2011, producing multiple live shows often involving large ensembles and compositions created specifically for each event. Currently Matt performs with numerous groups in the New England area as well as teaching saxophone, improvisation and coaching ensembles at Concord NH Community Music School, the Portsmouth NH Music and Arts Center, the Shaker Road School in Concord, NH and at his home studio in Eliot, Maine. Matt has shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Tchicai, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Dave Fuzinski, Matt Wilson, Charlie Kohlhase, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Gene MacDaniels, Dave Douglas and many others.
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