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Pedrito Martinez Group workshop this afternoon

Posted on March 05, 2015

The Pedrito Martinez Group will present a workshop on Cuban jazz Thursday (March 5) at 4:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. The group performs at 7:30 p.m. in the same location. The workshop will include demonstrations and discussions on how Latin jazz is different than “conventional” jazz. Read the rest of this entry →

Afro-Cuban conga drummer to shake the stage

Posted on March 03, 2015

GRAMMY-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group features up-beat Afro-Cuban Music

The timing is terrific! Cuba and the United States are “speaking” again. Doesn’t matter whether you think that’s good or bad, because The Pedrito Martinez Group has been in New York City since 2005 anyhow, selling out every performance and attracting musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name just a few. The group was nominated for best album in the Latin Jazz category of the 2015 GRAMMY awards, and Pedrito himself was just named the #1 percussionist of 2014 by Jazz Times Magazine!

Martinez and his band perform in Moorhead on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Kenyon Williams to present, perform at Valley Worship Arts Conference

Posted on February 27, 2015

Dr. Kenyon Williams will present a percussion workshop at the Valley Worship Arts Conference this coming Saturday, Feb. Feb. 28th. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Wind Ensemble performs March 6

Posted on February 27, 2015

The MSUM Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Monte C. Grisé, Music, performs Friday, March 6, at 7:30 PM in Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s Poco Fuego Steeldrum Quintet to Perform

Posted on February 25, 2015

The School of Performing Art’s popular community outreach steelband quintet, Poco Fuego, will be performing this evening at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School from 6-7pm. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM professors Terrie Manno and Kevin Zepper to perform poetry and music this Thursday

Posted on February 24, 2015

On Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., MSUM professors Terrie Manno and Kevin Zepper will present a free performance that combines Manno’s music and Zepper’s poetry in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus.  Read the rest of this entry →

Michael J. Krajewski, Music, presented in Minnesota and Texas last week

Posted on February 17, 2015

Michael J. Krajewski, Music, presented in Minnesota and Texas last week. At the Minnesota Music Educators Association conference in Minneapolis, Krajewski presented “Improvisation: Where to begin” and at the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio he presented “Developing Interactive Content for the iPad using iBooks Author.”

MSUM Profs Pair Music and Poetry

Posted on February 16, 2015

MSUM professors Terrie Manno and Kevin Zepper present a performance that combines Manno’s music and Zepper’s poetry on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. Read the rest of this entry →

Honors High School Percussion Ensemble to Perform Saturday

Posted on February 13, 2015

The MSUM Honors High School Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will present a performance at MSUM this Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Great White Hallway of the Center of the Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

Area High School Students Selected for Honors Percussion Ensemble

Posted on February 09, 2015

Six students from the region were selected by audition to perform in the Minnesota State University Moorhead Honors Percussion Ensemble. Read the rest of this entry →

Afro-Cuban conga drummer to shake the stage

Posted on February 05, 2015

GRAMMY-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group features up-beat Afro-Cuban Music

 The timing is terrific! Cuba and the United States are “speaking” again. Doesn’t matter whether you think that’s good or bad, because The Pedrito Martinez Group has been in New York City since 2005 anyhow, selling out every performance and attracting musicians from all over the world, including, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Ruben Blades, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name just a few. The group is also nominated for best album in the Latin Jazz category of the 2015 GRAMMY awards.

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Music alum’s life a mix of glamour and grit

Posted on January 29, 2015

Imagine an event where make-up artists wait in the restrooms to refresh your “look,” where champagne flows like water, where the entrances and exits of A-list celebrities are choreographed to the second by dead-serious backstage workers with “walkies,” and where Oprah Winfrey personally compliments you on your necklace.

Rachel Goers copyFor MSUM alum Rachael Goers, that was a night at work, albeit an extraordinary one. Goers, a 2013 graduate of the Music Industry program with an emphasis in business, works full-time for The Teahouse Company in Los Angeles. Teahouse represents and manages six different bands, hired out for special events. The event described above was the Golden Globes. The band hired to perform as guests arrived and entered the ballroom was one of Teahouse’s — the Black Canary String Band.

“It’s a surreal event,” says Goers of the Golden Globes. “Definitely glamorous.” Read the rest of this entry →

Michael J. Krajewski, Music, receives Dille Fund for Excellence grant

Posted on January 16, 2015
Michael J. Krajewski, Music, recently received a Dille Fund for Excellence grant for his proposal, “Developing Live Composition and Performance Techniques with Abelton Live.” Krajewski will present a public lecture/demonstration during the Fall 2015 semester.

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MSUM School of Performing Arts just completed its first international Study Abroad course – “World Music in Trinidad”

Posted on January 15, 2015

The MSUM School of Performing Arts just completed its first international Study Abroad course – “World Music in Trinidad.”  From Jan. 2 to 12, MSUM students traveled across the island with students from the University of Delaware.
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Lines&Notes Performs at International Conference

Posted on January 14, 2015

Terrie Manno (School of Performing Arts) and Kevin Zepper (English) presented their collaborative exhibition of poetry and music (Lines&Notes) at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education in Honolulu on January 4, 2015.

Founders Scholarship recipient shows the power of perseverance

Posted on January 12, 2015

By Brittany Dunnigan

Rebecca Garvey may be a freshman at Minnesota State University Moorhead, but life experiences have made her wise beyond her years. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM professor’s work combines music, digital images

Posted on December 23, 2014
In his 33 years as a Minnesota State University Moorhead music professor, Henry Gwiazda says he’s never had anyone swing by his office to interview him about his work.

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Jazz Combos perform tonight

Posted on December 09, 2014

MSUM School of Performing Arts presents a concert by the Jazz Combos on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Two combos directed by Max Jonk as well as the Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Michael J. Krajewski perform in Fox Recital Hall. Tickets available at mnstate.edu/tickets and at the door. Read the rest of this entry →

Senior Music Industry student acquires full-time job at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Posted on December 08, 2014

Senior Music Industry student Adam Lien landed a full-time job at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the MGM Park in Orlando, Fla., as an audio/entertainment technician. He graduates from MSUM this semester, and starts at Disney in late January. He expects to work on the “Fantasmic Show,” which features pyrotechnics, laser lights and a cast of 50 costumed performers singing Disney tunes along with classic animation projected onto walls of water. The show takes place in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, designed after the famous Hollywood Bowl.

Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno performing music and poetry tonight at 7 p.m.

Posted on December 03, 2014

Kevin Zepper and Terrie Manno will be performing tonight at 7 p.m. inside Stoker’s in the Hotel Donaldson. This event is free.

Lines&Notes is a collaborative exhibition with pianist Terrie Manno and poet Kevin Zepper. In some selections, poems become movements based on a theme. Other works are the realization of random words and musical phrases based on author William S. Burroughs cut-up method. Some of their work is specific to each audience: newspaper clippings from local and school papers and “lines” from the audience arranged into poetry. Each piece is the result of an interdisciplinary exploration. Read the rest of this entry →

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