“Daniel Linder plays Debussy, Beethoven & Copland” – posted 1/21/2022
University of Arizona faculty artist, pianist Daniel Linder, returns to the ASA stage in times of Omicron surge, to record a thrilling virtual recital featuring Debussy’s “Hommage à Rameau” from Images, Book I, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 101, and Copland’s Piano Sonata. Daniel Linder is a versatile pianist, chamber musician, and teaching artist who has performed solo and collaborative recitals to high acclaim across the U.S. and internationally, and his performances have been heard on KUAT Classical Radio. For more information, contact Dr. Linder at email@example.com.
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“Sly Slipetsky plays Jazz Piano Heroes” – posted 1/21/2022
Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Jr returns to the Arizona Senior Academy, paying tribute to the jazz pianists who have inspired him, and showcasing his love for improvisation – which translates to audience satisfaction at every performance! This time Sly records a virtual concert, mixing well-known favorites with lesser known gems from the styles of Erroll Garner, George Gershwin, Harry Connick Jr, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond.
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Singer-songwriter Lex Browning (guitar) introduces his new band “The Tirebiters” to the ASA. Lex is joined by singer-songwriter Steve Grams (bass), Matt Mitchell (guitar), and Les Merrihew (drums), playing original material with roots in folk, blues and country and a slice of sly humor. If you are wondering about the origin of the band’s name, you may remember the surreal comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, whose cast of characters included a family called the Tire Biters…
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The Tucsonics western swing band brings their special brand of traditional Texas and West Coast swing music to the ASA stage. These seasoned musicians share tidbits about themselves and the origins of this uniquely American music: Nick Coventry (fiddle), Lex Browning (fiddle, guitar), Matt Mitchell (guitar), Alvin Blaine (console steel, guitar), Evan Dain (upright bass) and Fred Hayes (drums).
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The Arizona Banjo Blasters bring some old-fashioned fun and old-timey music to the ASA. Fearless leader of the band is Doug O’Brien AKA “Banjo Doug,” joined by Marj Scooros AKA “Washboard Marj,” and Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Jr on tuba – yes, jazz piano man Sly also plays tuba – piccolo players, watch out for Stars and Stripes Forever!
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Duo Chinoiserie is a world-culture-inspired duo featuring classical guitar, a western instrument, and the guzheng, a harp-like ancient Chinese instrument. Embracing musical traditions from across Eurasia, married couple Bin Hu and Jing Xia promote an intercultural artistic exchange between east and west, playing music of Debussy, De Falla, Sergio Assad and solo pieces showcasing the unique styles of each instrument. Though both are originally from China, the couple met here in Tucson where Bin Hu was a doctoral student in classical guitar and Jing Xia was a visiting scholar with the UA Confucius Institute who was seeking musicians interested in combining Western repertoire with the guzheng. Click link to watch video: https://youtu.be/fatn21UeN14
British violinist Freya Creech performs solo violin music by American composer Virgil Thomson, Baroque composers Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach, and the adventurous 20th century female Russian composer/virtuoso Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté. Freya’s life has been filled with international pursuits, eventually leading her to Tucson in 2019, where she joined True Concord Voices & Orchestra. During the pandemic, she relocated to Washington, D.C., but thanks to True Concord, she returned to Tucson to perform with that ensemble, and appeared at the ASA before a limited audience as well.
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El SurCo (The Southern Collective) is a musical trio that blends guitars, violin, charango, bombo, and vocal harmonies to perform popular and folk music traditions from Argentina, Chile and surrounding regions. Maxi Larrea (guitar, vocals, bombo) is a tango and folk guitarist, arranger, composer and music educator from Rosario, Argentina, who has been touring internationally for over 15 years. Andrés Pantoja (charango, guitar, bombo, vocals) is a versatile Chilean musician, who plays classical, flamenco and Latin American music and has also toured internationally. Jennie Gubner (violin, vocals, bombo) is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research at the University of Arizona. This video will be available for 30 days
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Eric-Jan Overbeek, AKA Mr. Boogie Woogie, is known as the fastest, flashiest, piano-thumping boogie man from the Netherlands. He splits his time each year between his homes in the Netherlands and in Tucson. This internationally known pianist, singer and recording artist was voted Best European Blues Pianist in 2005 by the Trophees France Blues, was awarded Best Dutch Blues Pianist 2010 by the Dutch Blues Foundation, and won the Dutch Blues Challenge 2017. This rollicking video was recorded live for a limited ASA audience. For more Mr. Boogie Woogie, check out and subscribe to his You Tube channel: www.youtube.com/boogarace.
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Pianist Ray Templin and trombonist Rob Boone, members of Tucson’s Wildcat Jazz Band, take us on a lively journey to the traditional songs and instrumentals of New Orleans jazz. Ray Templin made his mark on the musical world as a pianist at Disneyland and had a recurring role on Matlock as the owner of Ray Templin’s Piano Bar. He is known internationally as a top traditional jazz pianist, drummer and entertainer. Rob Boone has performed with Sammy Davis Jr, Frankie Valli, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Kristin Chenowith, and has played in the touring shows of Wicked, Lion King, The Producers, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Music Man and countless other shows.
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Good friends Toru Tagawa and the husband-wife team of Raphael Lizama and Woan Ching Lim present music for violin, viola and piano. The program begins with a Sonatina for Violin and Piano by Dvorak, then Canciones Populares Españolasfor Viola and Piano by De Falla, and finally all three play together in a Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. A native of Hiroshima, Japan, violinist Toru Tagawa is Music Director of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and is also president of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona. Hailing from California, violist Raphael Lizama and Malaysian-born pianist Woan Ching Lim met as graduate students at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, and have often performed at the ASA, introducing us to other Tucson musicians as well.
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The sound of steel drums creates the colors of the Caribbean when percussionist Homero Cerón’s Cool Breeze Trio performs an eclectic program that mixes melodies from Bach, Mozart and Schubert with authentic Caribbean tunes and Beatles’ songs arranged in calypso and reggae styles. Cerón’s background playing marimba, vibraphone and steel drums, and as principal percussionist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, has made it possible for him to bring a variety of musical ensembles to the ASA over the years. For this concert, his Cool Breeze Trio features Matt Mitchell on nylon string guitar, and Mike Levy on fretless electric bass, along with Cerón on steel pans.
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