Unique and innovative ensemble this Sunday
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Marlboro faculty member and pianist Matan Rubinstein will be joined by master musicians Wes Brown on double bass, and Royal Hartigan, on drums and percussion in a concert Sunday.
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MARLBORO– Marlboro College will present a concert of music stemming from global traditions and jazz, Sunday, February 25, featuring three world-class musicians. Marlboro faculty member and pianist Matan Rubinstein will be joined by master musicians Wes Brown on double bass, and Royal Hartigan on drums and percussion in a concert of original works. The concert will take place at 3 pm on the Marlboro College campus in Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts, and is free and open to the public.

Rubinstein is a prolific composer of music who is divergent in practice, medium, and method. He is a frequent collaborator with makers in other disciplines, such as a work commissioned by choreographer Peggy Choi and the film score for a dance film titled “Verge.” He is also active as a performer and has several recordings to his credit. Rubinstein approaches music teaching as an exercise in dialogue in which both teacher and student explore more and better ways in which to make and hear music.

Brown is a bassist, flutist, pianist, composer, drummer, and dancer who has toured the world with many groups, including the legendary pianist Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Talking Drums, Anthony Braxton, and the Black Rebels reggae ensemble. He has appeared on dozens of recordings with various artists, and for years taught contrabass and directed the gospel choir at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. A longtime member of Blood Drum Spirit, in recent years he has traveled with the ensemble to Asia and West Africa presenting examples from his own musical background, learning about local traditions, and sharing human connections.

Hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer who has studied and performed the music of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas as well as African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz traditions. A professor of ethnomusicology at UMass Dartmouth, Hartigan has recently completed a film and double CD from his “Blood Drum Spirit” tours of Ghana, We Are One, whose theme is connections among global traditions, African music, and jazz. He has received many awards for global research, performance, and teaching, and has taught at the New School University in New York, Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program, and San Jose State University.

Marlboro welcomes the public to hear this unique and innovative ensemble on Sunday, February 25, at 3 pm, as part of their regular Music for a Sunday Afternoon series.

For more information call (802) 258-9219 or email pjohansson@marlboro.edu. For information on Hartigan visit www.royalhart.com/ensemble/linernotes.html.
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