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March 7, 2013
The Organ Recital Hall, with its outstanding acoustics, is the perfect venue for a concert by the jazz, blues, soul, and rock and roll band, SuperCollider.
The Colorado State University's new Contemporary Artist Music Series will feature SuperCollider, a music collective of jazz, blues, funk, and rock music; the series is sponsored by Bohemian Foundation.
Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787 or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.
SuperCollider’s core group is made up of CSU graduate student and alumnus Jon Gray (trumpet, keys, and vocals), Jon Stewart (saxophone), Devon Parker (vocals), Greg Harris (vibraphone, keys), Mark Donovan (guitar), Dan Schwindt (guitar), John Grigsby (bass), and Zack Littlefield (drums).
Described as both instrumental rock and avant garde jazz, the musical roots of the group are firmly planted in the traditions of jazz with a strong improvisation foundation.
“All of the musicians in SuperCollider are versed in jazz, blues, soul, and rock and roll, which makes playing authentic American music easy,” said Gray.
“We can break off a sonic free-jazz freak out, and the next second lay down a riff that slinks into a soulful Delta Blues ballad, and then follow that with a prog-rock throwdown; the possibilities are endless.”
Gray credits SuperCollider’s exciting performances and diverse range of musical stylings to how tight-knit he and his bandmates are. “Audiences can definitely pick up on that kind of energy,” he said.
When asked what audiences can expect from a SuperCollider show, Gray describes gripping rhythms that are sure to get everyone up on their feet.
“You can expect to want to get up and dance, nod your head and just let the music wash over you like a funky wave,” he said. “We are definitely planning on putting on a show; we have some special guests lined up, and the group is in top form.”
Gray, who is pursuing a master’s degree in music performance at CSU, is looking forward to sharing SuperCollider’s music with the Fort Collins community. “I am so proud to be participating in this series at CSU,” he said. “I guess you can say, they can’t get rid of me!”
Take a note from Jon Gray’s book, and don’t miss this opportunity to let SuperCollider’s funky, musical wave wash over you.
This is the third performance in the Contemporary Artist Music Series, a five-concert series made possible by the generous support of Bohemian Foundation. The series aims to increase the amount of live contemporary music performances in Fort Collins and encourage audience and community support of local musicians.
Additionally, the series exposes students to different models of success in the music world, celebrates CSU alumni who have had success in the contemporary music industry, and helps to bridge the gap between classical and contemporary music for audiences.
Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891