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John C.S. Keston and Cody McKinney present: Phil Schurger Quartet feat. Greg Ward
September 26 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$10 admission. $5 with student ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
Phil Schurger is an internationally recognized composer and guitarist. HIs most recent album “Echoes of the Ancestors”, released on the Chicago based record label Ear and Eyes, has received radio play in Europe, South America, the United States, and Canada. The Chicago Artist’s Resource says of his music: “Indiana native Phil Schurger’s wide-ranging compositions and colorfully intense guitar playing are a rare treat: a cinematic meditation – blending both rock and jazz with a sense of drama and the mystical.” Phil has been playing professionally since the age of 17. He has played throughout the United States, and Europe sharing the stage with such artists as the Wailers, Fareed Haque (Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Zawinul), Ravi Coltrane, Greg Ward (Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven), Nick Roth (Yurodny Ensemble), and Bolokada Conde (Mickey Hart). He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from Northern Illinois University where he studied with jazz guitar with Fareed Haque, and composition with David Maki (Michael Daugherty) and Robert Fleischer (Frank Zappa). Schurger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Francis, where he teaches Music Theory, Ear Training, and Ensembles (Jazz, Electronic Music, and Guitar).
Greg Ward began playing saxophone as a young boy grow- ing up in Peoria, IL. Currently based in the NYC-area, Ward has had the opportunity to perform and record with a varied group of distinguished peers and lumi- naries including Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D’Angelo, and Mike Reed.
A 2004 graduate of Northern Illinois University, Ward spent years cutting his teeth on the Chicago jazz scene, taking advantage of every opportunity that was offered to him including projects for the International Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orches- tra’s Chamber Music Series, the Peoria Ballet Compa- ny and the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Since his arrival on the NYC scene in 2009, he’s produced a number of adventurous, widely praised recordings as a band- leader and composer.
In recent years, he’s composed and performed a commission for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orches- tra and was selected as one of the two New Music USA Van Lier Fellows and was commissioned by NYC’s Jazz Gallery to write a visionary multi-media piece
for septet inspired by the life and work of renowned artist / sculptor, Preston Jackson. He’s also recently collaborated with composer, sound designer, and per- former, Caleb Willitz on the fifilm score for Beresford Bennett’s fifilm, “Pinch” and on an electro-acoustic project, “Gaps and Spaces: Synoptic Optiks”.
John C.S. Keston and Cody McKinney present: Sound / Simulacra: A monthly series which explores musical improvisation as a “faithful and intentionally distorted” representational process. Sound / Simulacra brings together some of the Twin Cities most unique voices to “recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal.”
About Wednesday New Boundaries:
Jazz Central Studios becomes a veritable laboratory for new compositions and jazz experiments presented by stalwarts of the local jazz community.