Eastman Journal: Page 8

Tantalus Quartet: Pushing the Boundaries of Classical Guitar

July 18, 2018

The Tantalus Guitar Quartet. From left: Stephen Mattingly, Sungmin Shin, Kristian Anderson, Lynn McGrath By Nicole Peter The Tantalus Quartet is an ensemble of four classical guitarists that currently features Kristian Anderson, Stephen Mattingly, Lynn McGrath, and Sungmin Shin. Founding members, Anderson and Mattingly, formed the group back in 2004 and started to perform professionally […]


The Boys (and Girls) of Summer: A Tony Caramia Recital with an English Accent

July 16, 2018

Tony Caramia at the keyboard By David Raymond Eastman Professor of Piano Tony Caramia moves easily between the classical and jazz worlds, and has a talent for seeking out unusual and historically interesting repertoire. For many years at Eastman, he has given eclectic, imaginative recitals, carefully-thought-out programs which not only combine classical music and jazz, […]


Drummers at Heart: Eastman Alumni Prepare for the Percussion Picnic

July 13, 2018

Preparing a Percussion Picnic: Kyle Peters (left marimba) and Cameron Leach (right marimba). By Nicole Peter A performance filled with electric energy, fantastic friends, and passionate percussion sounds like the perfect way to spend a summer evening. Kyle Peters and Cameron Leach, percussionists and Eastman alumni, bring together the Rochester community in a unique percussion […]


There’s Something Very Special About a Trio: Eastman Faculty Members Perform in Trio East

July 10, 2018

By Nicole Peter Trio East is a trio of Eastman faculty members who have been performing and composing together for 18 years. The trio features faculty members Rich Thompson, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, Clay Jenkins, Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, and Jeff Campbell, Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary […]


“Jazz at the Movies” … and with Eastman – an interview with Mark Watters

June 28, 2018

By Dan Gross You can enjoy a “Jazz at the Movies” concert starring the 25-piece Eastman All Stars Big Band featuring renowned flutist, Sara Andon conducted by Mark Watters, TONIGHT, Thursday, June 28, at Temple Theater at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor Mark Watters’ vast resume includes music for motion […]


Singing through your whole life: William Weinert discusses Eastman Summer Sings!

June 28, 2018

Photographs are from a 2012 Eastman Summer Sings! session. By Nicole Peter Eastman Summer Sings! is sponsored by the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and offers a series of choral music reading sessions to singers of all ages and abilities. Through offering the Rochester community the opportunity to perform choral masterworks with Eastman faculty, students, and soloists from […]


Musical Storyteller: Eastman Senior Nathan Kay Performs at XRIJF

June 25, 2018

By Dan Gross Trumpet player and composer Nathan Kay hails from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and is a senior jazz performance major at Eastman. During his time at Eastman, he founded his own bands, such as the Nathan Kay group. Kay won First Place in the 2018 National Trumpet Competition (jazz division) and has performed at various […]


Good Music in Person and on Record: Eastman’s Charles Pillow on XRIJF and Miles Davis

June 22, 2018

Saxophonist Charles Pillow performing at the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival By Dan Gross Charles Pillow, Eastman Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone, comes from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduating from Loyola University, he pursued his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he is now an Assistant Professor of […]


Finding Her Voice: Links Scholarship recipient Veena Akama-Makia

May 24, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Veena Akama-Makia, this year’s Links Scholarship recipient The Links Scholarship, a cooperative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Eastman School of Music, recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary talent and academic achievement of an African-American scholar musician. Eastman’s 2018 recipient, announced this spring, is a Master’s student in […]


Bringing that Energy Back: Cellist Guy Johnston Returns to Eastman

May 14, 2018

Guy Johnston. Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas By Jessica Kaufman Assistant Director of Content and Public Relations, Eastman School of Music The incoming and current cello classes are gaining an additional valued member to our faculty, as Guy Johnston joins Eastman this fall. Born into a musical family, Guy started his musical journey as a chorister […]