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VAPA Faculty to Present Collaborative, Multimedia Performance

Published March 21, 2016

MONROE, La. - Black Bayou Brass, resident faculty brass ensemble in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, will perform a recital on March 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall at ULM. Their program will feature a variety of new works, including several collaborations and a world premiere.


Ensemble members are Dr. Aaron Witek, Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music, Dr. James Boldin, Associate Professor of Music, and Dr. James Layfield, Assistant Professor of Music.

The trio will be joined by Deborah McClung-Guillory, Associate Professor of Piano, for two works: Bandera, by Kerry Turner, and Heart of the Andes, by Daniel Baldwin. “The brass trio is a somewhat limited medium,” says Boldin, “but the addition of a piano opens up a whole new realm of harmonies and textures.”

They will also collaborate with Jay Curtis, General Manager of KEDM Public Radio, in a performance of Abe Lincoln’s Song Book, by Douglas Hill. Composed for brass trio with narration, the work presents several of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite melodies and songs, along with historical and biographical information.

The program will conclude with the World Premiere of Sketchbook for Brass Trio, by Roger Jones. According to the composer, “Each movement is named with a sketch concept…Players are encouraged, if desired, to find one or more sketches to display for each movement before or during the performance.” A slideshow of various paintings, images, and other artworks will accompany this performance. “We’re excited and honored to perform the World Premiere of this substantial new work,” says Boldin.

 The concert is free and open to the public.