SFUAD Contemporary Music Program Announces

Spring Ensemble Performances




Event Description

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Contemporary Music Program (CMP) will present several free ensemble concert performances beginning May 7. Leading up to the performances, students in jazz fusion band Ruder and the Shockwaves and the rock band Venus and The Lion will both perform as opening acts for the April 19 Living Colour concert held at the Shellaberger Tennis Center as part of the university’s Artists for Positive Social Change initiative.

Several CMP students will also highlight their work through a dance and video performance during the university’s Outdoor Vision Fest on Friday, May 2. CMP student composer Angelo Harmsworth will be working with visiting artist and choreographer Jocelyne Danchick on a performance by the Performing Arts Department's dance majors and including contributions from several of Professor Brad Wolfley's Film School students.  The performance will be presented in three movements at 9:00 p.m., 9:20 p.m., and 9:40 p.m. Throughout the evening, Ableton Workshop students will collaborate with Film School students on live DJ/VJ performances featuring video creation and manipulation.

Spring 2014 Ensemble Concert Schedule

Wednesday, May 7
8 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Patio, Benildus Hall

  • African Drum Ensemble, directed by Fred Simpson
  • Acoustic Americana Ensemble, directed by Tom Adler
  • University Chorus, directed by Steven Paxton

Saturday, May 10
8 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Patio, Benildus Hall       

  • Balkan-Mideast Ensemble, directed by Polly Tapia Ferber

Sunday, May 11
5 p.m., SFUAD Bandshell

  • Gamelan Guntur Giri (“Thundering Mountain”), directed by Sharon Eliashar.
  • Also featuring CMP faculty Ustad Roshan Bhartiya, sitar, performing North Indian classical music.

8 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Patio, Benildus Hall

  • Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ross Hamlin
  • Afro-Cuban Ensemble, directed by Jim Goulden
  • University Chorus, directed by Steven Paxton

Monday, May 12
8 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Patio, Benildus Hall

  • Rock Ensemble, directed by Mark Clark
  • Funk/R&B Ensemble, directed by Pete Williams

Thursday, May 15

9 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall

  • An evening of Electroacoustic Music, featuring new works by students of Jason Goodyear and Steven Paxton.

More Information
For more information, call Susanne Miller at 1-505-473-6196.

About SFUAD’s Contemporary Music Department
The Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design educates students in contemporary and classical music, world music, digital technology and recording techniques, with a heavy emphasis on performing and community involvement. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to tour, reaching different audiences and enriching not only their academic experience but also their ability to communicate through original compositions, their instrument and their voice.