(EAST MEREDITH) On Sunday, October 28, starting at 3PM, the West Kortright Centre closes out its 2018 season with a jazz performance by the Blake Fleming Trio, followed by a closing reception for the annual WKC gallery fundraising exhibition from 5-6pm. The exhibit features a multimedia collection of work created by local artists Charlie Bremer, Karin Bremer, Marie Cummings, Caitlyn Davey, Jehed Diamond, Cindy Dunne, Bobbi Goldman, Lanny Harrison, Annie Hayes, Alan Herman, Liz Hoheusle, John Jackson, Editha Mesina, Alex Sader, Rod Sauquillo, David Sundberg, Kamilla Talbot, David J. Turan, and Corneel Verlaan. The artwork is available for purchase by silent bidding, ending during the reception.
Sunday’s 3pm concert features three SUNY Oneonta Music Department instructors: percussionist Blake Fleming, keyboard player John Colonna, and bassist Evan Jagels. In between tunes, these talented musicians will share insights about their techniques and creative process, as well as welcome questions at the end of the show.
Blake Fleming is a percussionist known for his involvement with several influential and innovative bands. His drumming has been written about in such major publications as The New York Times, NPR, Spin, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Pitchfork, Stereogum and Alternative Press. Blake was included in SPIN.com’s 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music. He has performed on over 60 albums to date and has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. extensively. His performances have ranged from sold-out arena tours with the Mars Volta opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to performing solo with Olympic synchronized swimmers to performing on the BBC to creating soundtracks for video installations in museums worldwide. In early 2013 he released his debut solo record, Time’s Up, an all drum and percussion odyssey that has been called “a truly pioneering record” and has been the subject of magazine articles, reviews, interviews, and radio play throughout six continents. His song, “The Funky Komodenu”, was used by Macy’s for a commercial during New York City’s Fall Fashion Week. Blake is currently teaching students worldwide via Skype, performing, and doing studio sessions. He has been Adjunct Lecturer and Drum Instructor at SUNY Oneonta since 2008. His first written publication, The Book of Rhythm, was fully funded by a recent Kickstarter campaign and will be available later this year.
John Colonna is a multi-genre keyboard player who grew up playing classical piano and then turned to jazz and improvisation. After attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition, he played in many musical theater productions, including a number productions for the Lake Dillon Theater Company. He moved to New York City to receive his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from NYU. He now teaching Piano and Music Theory at SUNY Oneonta and is a freelance pianist who plays in multiple styles and venues, from Renaissance Church in Harlem to his own piano trio.
Evan Jagels is a multi-genre upright and electric bassist and Artist in Residence at Hartwick College. He is also Adjunct Lecturer of Music at SUNY Oneonta and has taught for the New York Summer Music Festival and JazzConnect in NYC. Evan earned his Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from the City University of New York, Queens College, where he was the recipient of the Michael Feinstein Award. He has studied bass with Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Yoshio Aomori, Nilson Matta of Trio da Paz, and piano with Charles Eubanks. Some of Evan’s performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, Flushing Town Hall, the Uni-Jazz Festival in the Czech Republic, the Oneonta Jazz Festival, Taste of Country, B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC, and Blue Note in Dresden, Germany. He has also performed on air for WEXT Albany and recorded for the Record Archive and Antonio DeVivo’s “Vientos de Madera”. He is the bassist for the Mopar Cams (rockabilly) and the Hop City Hellcats (country/Americana). In addition to his busy performing and teaching schedule, Evan enjoys composing and arranging.
Tickets are $10 ($13 day of), $7 WKC members ($10 day of), $5 under 19. Tickets are available online until 3pm on Saturday October 13, and at the ticket booth, starting at 2PM on Sunday. There will be no outside food vendor for this show, but concertgoers are always encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the event.
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport Center or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For advance tickets and exact travel directions, visit www.westkc.org or call (607) 278-5454.