Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for week four of this four-week series on jazz.
Jazz: Funk, Fusion, and Free Jazz
In the 1960's and beyond, the paths of Miles Davis and John Coltrane would diverge. The former would enter his "electric phase", using instruments such as electric bass and synthesizer, while borrowing rhythms and beats more often found in rock music. Coltrane would die in 1967, but not before recording several albums of what would become known as "free jazz." This style would polarize fans, many of whom were puzzled by the high level of dissonance and seeming incoherence of the sound.
Challenged by the surging popularity of rock, young jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Roland Kirk, and Albert Ayler would add their voices to the repertoire. As different currents swept through the musical soundscape, one thing remained constant: the impulse to create.
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching", as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was presented with the "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.