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Norton Center offers unique behind-the-scenes workshops with Tango Meets Jazz artists

Posted by Centre News in Campus, News, Norton Center 11 Mar 2014

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quartetCentre College’s Norton Center for the Arts hosts a fascinating fusion of musical styles with Tango Meets Jazz, a joint performance by Pablo Ziegler and Stefon Harris, both of whom will be offering intimate workshops and demonstrations for the public the weekend of the show.

Pablo Ziegler is a Latin Grammy©-winning pianist and composer whose quartet (right) infuses classic tango sound with elements of jazz. Stefon Harris is a three-time Grammy© nominee and vibraphonist who uses the percussion instrument’s floating, ethereal and melodic sound in his jazz compositions.

Ziegler will be on campus Friday, March 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. to lead a discussion on the history of Tango musical style in the context of Argentinian culture, playing examples on the piano as part of his talk. The program is free and open to the public and will be moderated by Visiting Professor of Percussion Colin Hill.

stefon_harrisHarris (right) will perform his own lecture-demonstration on Saturday, March 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., giving attendees a glimpse into the world of vibraphone music, particularly his assertion (featured on a 2011 TED talk) that many mistakes are perceived as such only because we react to them inappropriately. This is especially relevant to jazz musicians, who often improvise, and whose “mistakes” can often become new musical trends or styles.

“These types of free public workshops are an important part of our programming at the Norton Center,” says Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “They allow people to become more familiar with some world-renowned artists in a way that isn’t possible during the night of the performance.”

Tango Meets Jazz will perform at the Norton Center for the Arts’ Weisiger Theatre on Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets and other information can be found at the Norton Center website.

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