Jazz Combo is a class that pursues the study and performance of jazz repertoire in an ensemble format. Students develop interpretation and improvisational skills through compositions and arrangements in a variety of jazz styles. The combo, which performed earlier this month in the Williams Center for the Arts, is conducted by Tom DiCarlo, visiting instructor [...]
A group of Lafayette faculty and students recently took over the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York City for the two-day premiere of Prana/Breath, a marriage of two Indian classical dance forms, Bharata Natyam and Odissi, as well as modern dance. The 90-minute concert explored the ways in which prana, or the breath, manifests [...]
Here on Earth, Michael Pinkard ’14 (Puyallup, Wash.) is part student physicist and part jazz musician. With his tenor sax in hand, Pinkard—a Creative and Performing Arts scholar as well as Marquis Scholar—can be seen performing around campus with Lafayette’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, delighting audiences with his mastery of music. But Pinkard is [...]
Student-led performance groups in music, dance, theater, and spoken word are thriving at Lafayette, complementing ensembles led by the music and theater departments. Brief videos from earlier this winter display the talents of several student-led a cappella and dance groups.
Cadence is Lafayette’s female student a cappella vocal group. The ensemble performs at numerous events on campus and in Easton, including an annual Halloween concert and the Evening of A Cappella fundraiser. Cadence often performs with Lafayette’s male a cappella group, The Chorduroys, the co-ed a cappella group Soulfege, and other College performance ensembles. This [...]
The music department celebrated the holidays with winter season concerts from its student ensembles. Students from any major can perform in a variety of ensembles including Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marquis Consort, and Percussion Ensemble. Check out photo galleries from three of the performances. Marquis [...]
With major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lafayette’s vision of infusing the arts throughout the curriculum will become a reality. The foundation has awarded a grant of $800,000 to support the College’s Global Arts Infusion and Visiting Artists Initiative. The key objectives are to integrate further the performing and visual arts throughout the [...]
When he graduates from Lafayette in a few years, John Paul Bisciotti ’14 (Media, Pa.) plans to be a mechanical engineer—but he will surely be a more musically talented mechanical engineer than most. Bisciotti takes classes in engineering, mathematics, and physics as he works toward his degree. He excels in math and science, and enjoys [...]
ABC’s Primetime recently profiled Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head in January. In discussing her recovery from her traumatic brain injury, the news program addressed music’s role in Giffords’ recovery of language. The congresswoman’s experience shows the potential for music therapy to be a powerful tool in [...]
In today’s competitive music industry, a composer’s big break can occur in a matter of seconds after several disappointments. No one knows that better than John Hunt ’01 of South Orange, N.J., who made his musical debut during MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals most recent episode. Previously, two of Hunt’s original compositions were slated to be [...]
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