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KU Jazz Ensemble I to perform with Alaturka at Lawrence Arts Center

Friday, October 25, 2013

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I will collaborate with the Kansas City-based group Alaturka for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2013, at Lawrence Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Please contact Lawrence Arts Center at 785-843-2787 for ticket information.

For this extraordinary concert event, KU student composers and Dan Gailey, director of KU Jazz Studies, have written new arrangements of selections from Alaturka’s catalog to include a big band. Three of the student composers - David von Kampen, Clint Ashlock and Brock Chart - received DownBeat Student Music Awards in 2013 for previous composition and arranging work.  

Alaturka was formed in 2009 with the vision of creating an equal “auditory handshake” between two musical cultures, American jazz and Turkish classical music. Founder and director Beau Bledsoe, along with three of Kansas City’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, Jeff Harshbarger and Rich Wheeler (both KU alums) and Brandon Draper, form a quartet in which both cultures are treated with equal respect. The collaboration has resulted in an intriguing new sound that has garnered the ensemble multiple invitations to perform throughout the U.S. and abroad. Draper and Harshbarger are KU School of Music adjunct faculty members.

Alaturka’s second recording Yalniz (2013, Tzigane Music) received 4.5 stars in DownBeat Magazine.

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For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.


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