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The Concord Community Music School faculty jazz quartet presents and performs “Jazz Influences from Around the World” at a free Bach’s Lunch Concert, at the Recital Hall (23 Wall Street, Concord, NH), Thursday, May 11, at 12:10pm.
Although jazz music started in America, it is musically rooted in cultures around the world. The May 11 concert features Music School faculty members Matt Langley (saxophone), David Tonkin (guitar), Scott Kiefner (bass), and Tim Gilmore (drums). You'll hear a mix of jazz styles from early New Orleans through today, and learn how rhythms and melodies from Cuba, Africa, Eastern Europe and other places affected music born in America.
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 Artists
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.
David Tonkin (guitar) has studied jazz guitar with Ed Cory, Jay Azzolina, and Randy Roos. Chair of the Music School’s Jazz Department, he has worked with the NH Artists in the Schools Program, led workshops at the Lincoln Center Institute at Dartmouth College, and taught at UNH Manchester. He performs throughout New England as a soloist, studio musician, and as a member of Future Memory. He is also the founder of the David Tonkin Group and Tonkin Toys. Tonkin performed at the well-known New York City jazz club, The Blue Note, and at the Saratoga Jazz Festival. An active composer, his work has been heard on radio and television throughout the area.
Scott Kiefner (bass) graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs as an in-demand bass player with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others. He began his musical life in Music & Movement at the Music School, continuing on to study piano until he discovered the bass. He studied bass with Don Williams at the Music School and was a member of the Scholarship Jazz Ensemble.
Tim Gilmore (percussion) received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Ed/Music from Salem State College and studied further in composition and performance programs at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the Harry Skoler Jazz Quartet with Brownstone Recording Artists and has performed with such groups as the Cape Ann Symphony, the Symphony by the Sea, the Paul Madore Chorale, the Boston Percussion Ensemble and the Cambridge Harmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi, and Warren Vache. Some of his recordings include A Work of Heart, Reflections on the Art of Swing, and Conversations in the Language of Jazz on Brownstone Records.
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