Caitleen KahnCaitleen Kahn ’15E (MM) co-founded LYNX with Eastman alumni Megan Moore ‘15E, Steven Humes ‘15E (MM), and Florence Mak ‘17E (DMA) in 2015. LYNX amplifies diverse voices through newly commissioned song and links communities through inclusive concerts and educational programming. Their project will be a professional recording and distribution of their Autism Advocacy Series. For the past three years, the Autism Advocacy Series has taken words written by youth ages 8-20 who have autism and are primarily nonverbal, and commissioned composers to set them to music for voice and piano. “We are most excited about the opportunity to share widely the artistry of up-and-coming artists and composers, and advocate for the abilities of these amazing young writers who are primarily nonspeaking, seeing them by their abilities, rather than their disabilities.” says Caitleen.
Charlie HalloranCharlie Halloran’s ’08E (MM/JCM), album “7 Nights Aboard the Alcoa Clipper”, will recreate the sound of the house band on the Alcoa Cruise Line in 1955. A leading trombonist and band leader in New Orleans, Halloran comments: “The 1950s was an exceptionally fruitful period of American music, especially that based in New Orleans and parts of the Caribbean. Louis Armstrong and the Allstars toured extensively, and Harry Belafonte was one of the biggest stars in the US, covering traditional calypsos from Trinidad. I’ve always heard how these genres overlap and this is the album I want to make as an Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist.”
fivebyfive (Eric Polenik)
Daniel Ketter and Emlyn Johnson
Rochester, N.Y.—The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare® have announced that Eastman alumnus, saxophonist/composer Owen Broder, has been selected as the first Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist. Broder’s Heritage: American Roots Project is the first of three projects to be announced through the exclusive partnership of Eastman and ArtistShare, designed to recognize and support the career and artistic development of exceptional Eastman students and alumni.
Broder’s American Roots Project integrates two American traditions – American roots music and jazz – in a full-length album titled Heritage. The repertoire will feature original and re-imagined works by five of the leading arrangers/composers in contemporary improvised music, including Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, Ryan Truesdell, Miho Mazama, and Broder. Each of the eight new compositions will be inspired by the rich heritage of traditional folk music that is distinctly American, crossing numerous forms (bluegrass, gospel, blues, and others).
Two additional Eastman/ArtistShare artist projects will be launched over the coming weeks, including Music in the American Wild (Daniel Ketter and Emlyn Johnson) and hybrid: electro-acoustic experience (Cameron Leach).
For more information contact Jim Doser, Director, Institute for Music Leadership, Eastman School of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org; (585) 274-1470.