Mars Hill College’s Music Department will be hosting their annual New Music Festival this weekend, April 19 and 20. The featured composer this year is Bryan Hooten, who is not only a composer but also a trombonist.
Friday afternoon the MHC faculty will be performing music by Elliott Carter and in the evening there is an “Interactive Improvisation Hang Out” with Hooten. I’m particularly excited about Saturday evening’s concert because the MHC Jazz Ensemble will be playing a new piece I wrote for them, called Haywood Bluff, in addition to 3 charts by Hooten. I got to hear some of this music last weekend when they opened up the Asheville Jazz Orchestra’s show. Since their student pianist wasn’t able to make this performance I even sat in on piano. They sounded great on my tune and on the one chart by Hooten I played with them.
There’s more than just the Jazz Ensemble on Saturday night’s program, so there should be a little bit for everyone. I plan on attending the concert Saturday night, so if you’re around western North Carolina this weekend looking for some music to hear stop on by and if you see me, be sure to say hello.