Magic Triangle Jazz Series: Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble

Event Details

April 17, 2014
8:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

UMass Amherst Campus

$12/$7 students
Glenn Siegel

The ensemble includes Marty Ehrlich, J.D. Parran, Bob DeBellis, Andy Laster, Jason Robinson, Adam Kolker and Lisa Parrott, reeds; John Clark, Ray Anderson and Michael Dessen, horn/trombones; E.J Allen, Ron Horton and James Zollar, trumpets; James Weidman, piano; Jerome Harris, guitar; Brad Jones, bass; Warren Smith, percussion; Matt Wilson, drums.

The Ensemble will be performing A Trumpet in the Morning, Ehrlich’s celebrated new recording on New World, which is the first documentation devoted to his large ensemble compositions. “A Trumpet in the Morning (named for a poem by Arthur Brown, 1948-1982) is a tour-de-force, showcasing the best of Ehrlich's many metieres that have marked his success as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader for more than three decades,” writes Bob Blumenthal. “Strong melodic invention prevails alongside a keen ear for instrumental color, a multi-genre, multi-disciplinary approach, and, "an unblinking yet ultimately affirmative insistence on connecting his music with realities both historic and contemporary."

Since his first recording with the Human Arts Ensemble in 1972, Marty Ehrlich has emerged as one of the most thoughtful, varied and prolific instrumentalists and composers in creative music. He studied with Jaki Byard, Joe Maineri and Ran Blake at the New England Conservatory of Music, and moved to New York in 1978. Since then, he has worked with many of the most ground-breaking musicians of our time, including Muhal Richard AbramsAnthony BraxtonJulius Hemphill, and Yusef Lateef.

Ehrlich, associate professor of jazz and contemporary music at Hampshire College, has led various ensembles including Traveler's Tales, The Dark Woods Ensemble, and the Rites Quartet, among others and has recorded for Cecma, Sound Aspects, Muse, New World and Enja.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by the New York Composer's Orchestra, the Boston Jazz Composer's Alliance, The Lydian String Quartet, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, The Kitchen House Blend Orchestra, the New York String Trio, and pianist Ursula Oppens. As a sideman he has performed with a who’s who of jazz artists, appearing on over 100 CDs. Ehrlich is also musical director of the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet, which has been active performing that composer’s music throughout the world. 

In the classical field, Ehrlich has performed with the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the St. Luke's Orchestra, the Birmingham (England) Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Chamber Music Northwest.  In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in music composition.


Bezanson Recital Hall is located within the Fine Arts Center.

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Music Music Performance