Music Department Events

Jan 24

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

"Bach to Bop"

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





Laura Caviani 2016Laura Caviani is perhaps best known for her studies of Thelonious Monk’s angular bebop piano stylings. A veteran of 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. 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.

Chris BatesThe Laura Caviani Trio includes bassist Chris Bates and drummer Dave Schmalenberger. Chris 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.). Dave is currently on the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music.

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