Just received this announcement via email from my friend and client, Brent Heisinger. I share it here with his permission.
Saturday, March 12th (8:00 pm), and Sunday, March 13th (7:00 pm), my concerto EKTA III will be premiered at Trianon Theater, 72 N. 5th Street, San José. The 20-minute work features renowned world drummer royal hartigan on jazz drum set, Wes Brown on jazz bass and the professional San José Chamber Orchestra under the direction of SJSU alumna Barbara Day Turner. The concert celebrates the San José Chamber Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary season.
Soloist Dr. royal hartigan is a former faculty member at SJSU who has performed at Yoshi’s (famed jazz club in Oakland), recorded over 40 CDs, and published three books on African music and Jazz. He is a world percussionist, pianist, and scholar; his Ph.D. is in Ethnomusicology. With the help of two Fulbright Awards, he has studied and performed the musics of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including indigenous West African drumming, dance, and song. He also is a student of African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz traditions. In addition, he has recorded internationally with his own ensemble blood drum
spirit (http://blooddrumspirit.com). Joining him will be his superb jazz bassist Wes Brown who has performed with such greats as Earl “Fatha” Hines. EKTA III was inspired by African dance and drumming music introduced to me by royal.
On the same program will be two other exciting premieres, both by exceptional composers and friends, Dr. Pablo Furman (SJSU colleague), and Michael Touchi (former student).
The Trianon Theater seats only 312 so early reservations are recommended: sjcotickets.org, or 408-295-4416. Free parking is available across the street.
With best regards, Brent (and Barbara)