Music Department Events

Jan 24

Faculty Recital: Martha Jamsa, flute & Laura Caviani, piano

with Chris Bates, bass and Dave Schmalenberger, drums

Friday, January 24th, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm / Kracum Performance Hall
Faculty Recital Poster

Faculty Recital featuring works by Claude Bolling and Laura Caviani.

Martha Jamsa & Laura CavianiMartha Jamsa is the Senior Lecturer in Flute at Carleton College. A versatile Twin Cities free-lance musician, she plays with various groups including the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and pit orchestras for musical productions.  She is the Studio Instructor of Flute at Macalester College, and has been a Substitute Flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, Principal Flute with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and toured for eight years as flutist with the Dakota Wind Quintet. She has a B.F.A. in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota and a M.M. in Flute Performance from Indiana University, where she was an Associate Instructor of Flute.

Laura Caviani is a veteran of over two decades of performing, recording, and composing. Her recordings have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. An accomplished jazz accompanist, she has collaborated and recorded with a number of vocalists, including Karrin Allyson, Prudence Johnson, and Lucia Newell. Recent commissions include diverse projects ranging from setting music to poetry, to composing string quartets and choral works. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition from Lawrence University, and a Masters of Music in Improvisation from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. As a dedicated educator, she is on faculty at Carleton College, where she directs the Jazz Ensemble, coaches chamber groups, and teaches jazz piano and improvisation.

She recently released two albums with her Minneapolis–based trio: Mysterious Thelonious and Confluence.  The first celebrates jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk’s centennial, and is hailed by Britt Robson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “a masterful blend of… chordal complexity, innate sense of swing, and desire to live up to Monk’s intrepid spirit”. MNPost’s Pamela Espeland describes it as "a joyous romp". Andrea Canter, of The Jazz Police, says of “Confluence:”  "Like the joining of the rivers, the individual artists intertwine musically such that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts-- a confluence of melody and harmony." Recent commissions include works for Vocal Essence and the Great River Chorale. For more information, please visit:

Chris BatesChris Bates, a bassist of formidable talent, studied jazz at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before returning to the Twin Cities to study with Anthony Cox. He was a member of the Motion Poets (1993-2000) and a 1999 McKnight Composer Fellow, and now often lends his compositions to the many ensembles that he juggles throughout his busy performance schedule. Over his career, he has played with Mose Allison. Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Steven Bernstein, Howard Levy, Michael Attias, Ira Sullivan, Eric Alexander, Tim Sparks and more. In addition to his local ensemble work, he has played solo concerts using both acoustic and electronic instruments, duets with fellow bassists Adam Linz and Anthony Cox, and appears on over 30 recordings. In 2012, Bates debuted his quintet Red 5 and a new trio, Good Vibes, with vibes master Dave Hagedorn and drummer Phil Hey.

Dave SchmalenbergerDrummer Dave Schmalenberger received his DMA in Percussion Performance and World Music from West Virginia University, his Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Percussion from the University of Michigan, and Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University. He has performed locally with Pooch’s Playhouse, Laura Caviani, Alma Brasileira, Joan Griffith, the Jazz Imports, Vocal Essence, Synergy SCHAG (jazz percussion duo with Dave Hagedorn), JazzMN Orchestra, Benny Weinbeck Trio, Russ Peterson Big Band, Cedar Avenue Big Band, and with vocalists Debbie Duncan, Judi Donaghy, Connie Evingson, Charmin Michelle, and Dennis Spears, Dave has also kept time for Lynne Arriale, John Scofield, Conrad Herwig, Kevin Mahogany, Steve Turre, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Rufus Reid, the Fifth Dimension, and The Mills Brothers, as well as in productions at the Ordway and Children’s Theatre Company. He also toured with the Summit Brass Ensemble and the Intergalatic Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.).


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