Michael Coleman & Studio Grand Present:

Michael Coleman's Resort Music Suite

Keyboardist Michael Coleman (formerly an integral part of the Bay Area improvised music scene, now living in Brooklyn) presents the Resort Music Suite.

Michael Coleman - keyboards

Andrew Conklin - guitar

Lisa Mezzacappa - bass

Jordan Glenn - drums

Check out this review of Practitioner (2018), Michael’s record of Steve Lacy material with Bay Area clarinet great Ben Goldberg.

Andrew Conklin

Andrew Conklin & friends offer a preview performance of songs from his forthcoming record, Song Collector.

Andrew Conklin is a composer, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who makes music that engages both with American vernacular idioms and contemporary classical practices. His work has received critical acclaim in blogs such as Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit, and has been supported by grants from sources that include the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Vox Novus. Additional recognition has come from festivals including the Florida State University Biennial New Music Festival, the Society of Composers National Conference, the Lake George Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. An active performer, Andrew has toured throughout the United States and Europe as a guitarist and bassist with indie rock bands, bluegrass groups, and improvising ensemble. As a composer, he has enjoyed fruitful partnerships with musicians from some of today’s most inquisitive new music ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Mise-En, Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Connect, Tala Rasa Percussion, and the Calidore String Quartet. Andrew held teaching positions at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University before joining the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific as Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory.

Song Collector is the second in a cycle of large-scale compositions that engage with the work of the California ethnomusicologist Sidney Robertson Cowell. In 1938, Cowell secured a Works Projects Administration grant for the Northern California Folk Song Project, an undertaking that eventually produced two hundred acetate discs filled with thirty-five hours of field recordings in twelve different languages. These recordings present a remarkably rich depiction of Northern California at a pivotal time in American history.  (Created with support from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and West Chester University’s Scholarship and Musical Activities Grant.)

DOORS 6:30 PM // MUSIC 7:00 PM