This fall, the HWS Music Department’s Jazz n’ Guitar Series returns with free live performances as well as a workshop and master class.
The 2017 fall series will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 26 with an “informance,” a cross between an informative workshop and a performance by guitarist Peter Keller ’15 at 6 p.m. in the Hilayama-Williams Ensemble Hall in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
Applied Instructor of Music Greg Wachala and Keller will perform on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. in the Cellar Pub. As a student, Keller was a member of the HWS jazz guitar ensemble and played bass for the band Call Security, founded by Keller and four other HWS students in 2011.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Norwegian guitarist and composer Jostein Gulbrandsen will hold a master class in the Hilayama-Williams Ensemble Hall at 6 p.m. Gulbrandsen’s work has received critical acclaim across Europe, the U.S. and Japan for his unique blend of European and American jazz. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Gulbrandsen will join Wachala for a performance in the Cellar Pub at 12 p.m.
Accomplished guitarist and teacher Joe Chiappone will perform with Wachala on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. in the Cellar Pub. Chiappone, who returns to the Jazz n’ Guitar Series following his spring 2017 performance, owns the Pittsford-based retailer Northfield Music.
Another returning performer, Rick Balestra rejoins the Series on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Cellar Pub. Balestra is a guitar instructor at SUNY Oswego, Colgate University, Hamilton College and Syracuse University. An accomplished live performer, Balestra has been a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony and Pops Orchestra and has played at jazz festivals throughout the state. He is a founding member of the band Spaces and helped found and direct the Jazz Guitar & More Festival at SUNY Oswego. Wachala will join him in the performance.
The final Jazz n’ Guitar event of the semester will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Cellar Pub, when Wachala will be joined by Bob Sneider, an assistant professor of jazz guitar at the Eastman School of Music, who has toured with two-time Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione. Sneider has also performed in major festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs throughout South America, Central America, North America and Europe.