Monday Night Music presents “Original Music by Jon Seligman”

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

McDaniel Lounge

The Monday Night Music series at McDaniel College presents “Original Music by Jon Seligman,” Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.  The concert will take place in McDaniel Lounge.

Performing Seligman’s original compositions will be Honorable Menschen, a trio composed of trumpeter Dave Ballou, pianist Harry Appelman, and Seligman himself on percussion.  The trio will also perform some original pieces by Ballou and Appelman. 

Seligman feels, “The group brings a uniquely free and minimalist interpretation to both original music and standards by virtue of the ensemble’s ‘non-standard’ instrumentation.  In the manner of such bass-less groups as the Paul Motian-Bill Frisell-Joe Lovano trio and Lee Kontiz groups, Honorable Menschen are able to steer even well known material into adventures new territory."

A composer, teacher, and performer, Jon Seligman leads the percussion department at McDaniel College, teaching lessons, pedagogy, ensemble and world music classes.  His many recordings and performances as both a leader and as a sideman include the McDaniel College Faculty Jazz Quintet, Michael Formanek’s Minor Infractions Ensemble, Jon Metzger, Tim Jenkins, and Christopher James Band.

Mr. Seligman’s formal studies include: Berklee College of Music; Summer Institutes in Cuban, Hindustani, Turkish, and West African music, history and culture at the New England Conservatory; The Arabic Music Retreat at Mt. Holyoke College; and studies with Eddie Moore (drum set), Glen Velez (frame drumming), Michael Merhej (Arab tambourine), and Ganesh Kumar (South Indian kanjira and solkattu).

Trumpeter/composer Dave Ballou earned a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Berklee College of Music in 1986 and a Master of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 1992.  He has released nine internationally recognized CD’s as a leader or co-leader.  He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Steely Dan, Woody Herman, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Dave Liebman, Dewey Redman, Maria Schneider and an extensive list of jazz personalities.  Ballou has performed with the Bella Musica Orchestra of New York, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Spokane Symphony. He also was an orchestra member for the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd St. (2001-2004).

Ballou is on the faculty at Towson University as an associate professor of Music and the division leader for the jazz and commercial music division.  He teaches jazz trumpet, jazz and commercial composition, jazz theory and improvisation, jazz arranging, and jazz history. He is director of the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency ensemble and the Improvisation ensemble.

Harry Appelman earned a Master of Music degree with Distinction from the New England Conservatory.  He has performed on concert stages on five continents. Appelman is a member of Afro Bop Alliance, winners of a 2008 Latin Grammy, and has toured the United States and Canada with the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.  

Appelman has performed in small groups led by Conrad Herwig, Eddie Daniels, Gary Thomas, Drew Gress, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Snidero, Brian Lynch, Don Braden, and Walt Weiskopf, among others.  He leads the latin jazz group Duende Quartet, and has played frequently with Palmetto recording artists Rumba Club. He has performed in concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Darren Atwater, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with guest soloist Branford Marsalis.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-857-2599.

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