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Museum After Hours

September 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until December 15, 2016

On Thursday nights from 5 to 8, the rotunda and cafe (and when the weather’s nice, the terrace) become JCSM After Hours. It’s the perfect place for relaxing, watching the sunset, and listening to music. Hear original songs, jazz, classical, cultural, and sometimes adventurous music fill the pristine spaces at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University.

JCSM After Hours features a variety of musicians including the house band, CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROTATION. Made up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), Jason DeBlanc (basses), and guests, Cullars is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous. Named after the oldest soil fertility study in the South, the group embraces its roots and promotes new growth through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

Cafe service is available with food and drink by Ursula’s Catering, the fine art exhibitions are open and free to the public, and the gift shop is open.

JCSM After Hours, Fall 2016 Performers

September 1, 2016 - Persian Music with the AU IRANIAN STUDENT ORGANIZATION. Cullars Improvisational Rotation opens.

IRSA Persian Music Group

The Iranian Student Association (IRSA) was established in 2011 and became an official Auburn University student organization in 2012. Since then, members have been actively performing in its events. In 2014, IRSA’s music group started collaborating with the Auburn University Cultural Music Society. Group members are Bahareh Ramezanpour (daf), Hamid Ghaednia (santur), Vahid Mirkhani (piano), Oguz Toragay (tar), Mike Watkins (oud), Samuel Price (percussion), and Rasika Ramesh (percussion). Bahareh and Hamid are students at Auburn in mechanical engineering, Vahid is in physics, Oguz is in industrial engineering, Samuel is in international studies, Rasika is in forestry, and Mike is employed with the university in technology.

The group has invited two Iranian guests to perform. Forouzandeh Peyvandi performs on the dotar, and Fariba Tehrani sings. As music enthusiasts, Forouzandeh and Fariba have been amateur vocalists for decades.

THE INSTRUMENTS

The daf is a circular frame made of hardwood and covered with either a deerskin or a goatskin. The santur is a hammered dulcimer with 72 strings on a trapezoid framework. The tar is a long-necked waisted instrument with 6 strings. The oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument with 11 or 12 strings.

The dotar is a two-stringed, long-necked lute whose performance lessons have survived by practice only. In other words, there is no written music available for the dotar. It is important in the eastern part of Iran and bears the love stories, war stories, and songs about old myths.

THE MUSIC’S HISTORY

Iranian traditional music goes back through several millennia into prehistory, when the legendary King Jamshid is credited with the “invention” of music. It can be considered as the basis of much of the Near Eastern traditional music as well. Many of the names of the notes and modes in the Arabic and Turkish music traditions are of ancient Persian origin.

With the rise of the Safavids in the 16th century, music became frowned upon, causing the transformation of ensembles into private solo performances. The music and its culture, the folkloric blues and the numerous stories were transferred from one generation to another merely through words and private sessions. This decline only began to be reversed in the 19th century after the emergence of the Qajar dynasty.

Persian music is vocally based, and the vocalist plays central role. The start of the traditional Persian song can be immensely different compared to the end of the song. It usually alternates between low, contemplative pieces and athletic displays of musicianship called Tahrir. (Ref: Persian traditional music,Wikipedia; Farhat, H. (1990) The Dastgāh Concept in Persian Music, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.)

Cullars Improvisational RotationOPENING FOR PERSIAN MUSIC

Made up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), and Jason DeBlanc (basses), Cullars Improvisational Rotation is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous.

The group will start at 5:00 pm to open for the Persian music group. Hear audio at soundcloud.com/cullarsfield

The name comes from Auburn University’s Cullars Rotation experiment, the oldest soil fertility study in the South. The group’s members embrace the roots of jazz, taking risks to make something new through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

September 8, 2016 - CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROATATION with guest percussionist

Cullars Improvisational RotationMade up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), and Jason DeBlanc (basses), Cullars Improvisational Rotation is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous. On this evening, their guest will be Paul Vaillancourt, percussionist from Columbus, GA.

Hear audio at soundcloud.com/cullarsfield

The name comes from Auburn University’s Cullars Rotation experiment, the oldest soil fertility study in the South. The group’s members embrace the roots of jazz, taking risks to make something new through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

September 15, 2016 - CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROTATION opens for the Third Thursday Poetry Series

Cullars Improvisational RotationWhen the Third Thursday Poetry Series comes around, music finishes up at 6:30. Stay later to hear poems read by invited published poets and a few local open mic-ers. Click here for more about the series and the September 15 guest poet.

Made up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), and Jason DeBlanc (basses), CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROTATION is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous.

The name comes from Auburn University’s Cullars Rotation experiment, the oldest soil fertility study in the South. The group’s members embrace the roots of jazz, taking risks to make something new through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

September 22 - After the Creative Scholarship Reception with CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROTATION

The opening reception for Showcase: The Work of Creative Scholarship will take place from 5-7 pm. Click here for more about this open-to-the-public event, that will feature its own live music. After the reception, the cafe will remain open, with Cullars Improvisational Rotation finishing out the evening until 8:00.

Cullars Improvisational RotationMade up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), and Jason DeBlanc (basses), Cullars Improvisational Rotation is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous.

The name comes from Auburn University’s Cullars Rotation experiment, the oldest soil fertility study in the South. The group’s members embrace the roots of jazz, taking risks to make something new through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

September 29 - classical guitarist ANDREW WILDER

Andrew WilderAndrew Wilder was born into a musical family with 10 brothers and sisters who have all studied classical music extensively and parents who are both professional classical musicians. He has performed and studied throughout Europe, the United States and South America. Upon completing high school, he traveled to Europe to study in the Istituto Musicale Pareggiato Della Valle D’Aosta in Aosta, Italy and, in the following year, the Conservatorio Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Swizerland where he completed two artist diplomas in guitar performance under the instruction of Lorenzo Micheli. Wilder has also studied privately with Matteo Mela, Denis Azabagic and Paul Galbraith, and has performed in master classes in Europe and the United States with professors including Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, Sussana Prieto, Carlos Perez, Roland Dyens, Rene Izquerdo, Johannes Moller, Massimo Lonardi, and others.

As a soloist, Wilder has been the recipient of several awards including the first prize in the Senior Guitar competition of Society of American Musicians, first prize in the International Tennessee Guitar Competition, first prize in the Art of Strings international competition, and was a prize winner in the East Carolina University Guitar competition and the Troy University Guitar competition. Wilder was also a recipient of the Koch Cultural Trust grant. He has participated in music festivals including the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy, and The Masterworks Festival. Wilder was recently invited to give solo recitals in the Teatro de Camsicá in Samaca, Colombia, and at the Catedral de Villa de Leyva, Colombia. Currently he is pursuing a degree in guitar performance with Dr. Andrew Zohn at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where he performs as a soloist and takes part in chamber projects. He is increasingly more involved in creating arrangements and transcriptions for both solo guitar, and guitar in ensemble.

October 13 - CULLARS IMPROVISATIONAL ROTATION

Cullars Improvisational RotationMade up of Dan Mackowski (guitars), Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), and Jason DeBlanc (basses), Cullars Improvisational Rotation is a jazz trio with a southern sensibility: thoughtful, ambient, and adventurous.

Hear audio at soundcloud.com/cullarsfield.

The name comes from Auburn University’s Cullars Rotation experiment, the oldest soil fertility study in the South. The group’s members embrace the roots of jazz, taking risks to make something new through delicately rehearsed arrangements of standards, originals, hymns and improvisations.

October 20 - TAYLOR PIERCE and JASON DEBLANC open for the Third Thursday Poetry Series // Music until 6:30

Before The Third Thursday Poetry Series starts, enjoy jazz from 5-6:30 pm. Click here for more about the poetry series.

Taylor PierceTAYLOR PIERCE is an Auburn native who has been playing and studying guitar since 2002. He spent summers studying music at Berklee College, and jazz at the University of North Texas. Taylor has been deeply involved in the auburn music scene since 2009, supporting bands, developing jazz projects, and as a member of the Auburn Knights Orchestra.

Jason DeBlancAs a student in the 1990s, JASON DeBLANC was part of the Auburn Knights Orchestra and drum major with the AU Marching Band. Now working with the university’s computer systems by day, his bass work supports Montgomery-based group Tapestry, Auburn’s own Kidd Blue, and musicians of diverse styles across the region.

October 27 - THE PIEDMONT RIM JAZZ PICKUP GROUP

From 5-8 pm, enjoy a jazz trio made up of Patrick McCurry (woodwinds), Trey Dunnahoo (guitar), and Ben Young (bass).

November 3 - THE HOT CLUB OF AUBURN

Hot Club of AuburnBased in Auburn, Alabama, The Hot Club of Auburn was founded in the summer of 2014 by Patrick Bruce. Patrick’s vision was to create an acoustic swing group following in the style of the Gypsy swing groups of yesteryear. The Hot Club blends traditional songs of the genre with modern songs in the Gypsy swing style.

Members are Patrick Bruce and Taylor Pierce on guitars, Dan Campbell on violin, and Jason DeBlanc on bass.

The Hot Club of Auburn is on Facebook at facebook.com/thehotclubofauburn.

December 1 - AU CULTURAL MUSIC SOCIETY

AU Cultural Music Society 2015

The AUBURN UNIVERSITY CULTURAL MUSIC SOCIETY was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission of bringing awareness to the Auburn community about the importance of cultural diversity through music. All cultures have some form of music, but each has a different perspective on the uses of music as well as the sounds produced by its instruments. Members are guided by the idea that music has a way of bringing people together and unifying them no matter what nationality or ideology they come from. The group tries to provide music events for students and community members to express their cultural differences while promoting an understanding of the similarities that all humanity share.

December 15 - Christmas music by pianist MARY SLATON

pianist Mary SlatonOver the years, MARY SLATON has entertained with her extensive knowledge of popular music, and is known throughout the southeast as one of the region’s premier piano soloists. She is leader of the Mary Slaton Trio and coordinates the East Alabama Community Band in which she plays French horn. Among Memphis venues, Mary has performed at the Hilton and the Hyatt Regency. In Atlanta, she has played the Omni Hotel, the Hilton, the Atlanta Country Club and others. At home in the Auburn-Opelika area, the Terra Cotta, the Saugahatchee Country Club and the Marriott have featured her. Mary holds piano degrees from Memphis State University and from the University of Montevallo. She teaches privately and at Southern Union Community College.

Details

Date:
September 1, 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venue

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University
901 S College Street
Auburn, AL 36849 United States
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