Schiff Jazz Ensemble to Perform with Peter Mack Trio
Syracuse University’s Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the Peter Mack Trio for a concert on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Morton Schiff Jazz Ensemble is led by John Coggiola, faculty member in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Members of the Peter Mack Trio are Peter Mack, bass; Omar Tamez, guitar; and Harv Sorgen, drums.
From 10 a.m.-noon on Nov. 16, Sorgen will present the workshop “Breath of Sound” in Setnor Auditorium. The workshop, which deals with the very human nature of how to establish your own “voice” in improvisation, has been presented throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico. It is open to all instrumentalists, singers and those who would like to expand their own personal vocabulary of expression.
Mack has been a mainstay in the Central New York jazz music scene for many years. In the 1970s, he was the house bassist at the famed Syracuse jazz club Casa Di Lisa, where he had the opportunity to play with a host of great jazz artists from all over the world. He was a founding member of Nancy Kelly’s Little Big Band and, as one of the first call acoustic bassists in New York, traveled extensively, playing music during that time. Active in the jazz of today, Mack has produced and performed on two of his own big band recordings with rosters that include Lew Tabackin, Barry Harris, John Mosca, Greg Gisbert, Eric Alexander, Danny D’Imperio, Ralph Lalama and many others.
Sorgen’s vast and diverse career as a drummer/percussionist has led to surrounding himself with a wide-reaching “breath” of artists who all have an individual sound. His orchestral concept on and off the instrument has distinguished him as one of the truly unique drummers of our time.
Tamez studied composition with Nicandro Tamez. He also studied privately through workshops and seminars with André Richard, Daniel Catán, Mario Lavista, Manuel de Elías, Helmut Lachenmann, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Tamez received a master’s degree in composition and philosophy from Universidad Regiomontana, Monterrey, Nuevo Léon, Mexico.
Free and accessible parking for the concert and workshop is available in the Q-1 lot; additional parking is available in the Irving Garage. Campus parking availability is subject to change; call 315-443-2191 for current information or for more information about the events.