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Tom Christensen Ensemble Brings World, Jazz, Classical Blend to PAS


March 22, 2004

[ Tom Christensen Ensemble Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Tom Christensen Ensemble will perform at Ohio Wesleyan University's Gray Chapel on Tuesday, March 23, at 8 p.m., wrapping up the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series schedule.

The Tom Christensen Ensemble is an innovative quartet that explores modern, improvised music for woodwinds, bass, and percussion. The group, based in New York City, combines elements of World Music, Jazz, and European Classical music to produce a singular and exciting group sound. "Tom Christensen has pulled off something of a miracle here -- creating a fresh, intelligent context for his oboe and English horn that honors post-bop improvisation without falling into cliches associated with bebop, modal jazz or the superficial exotica of world music," wrote the Detroit Free Press of the Ensemble.

The Ensemble was conceived for a composer's forum in 1995 and has built a following playing concerts and clubs throughout the New York metro area. They have conducted concerts and master classes at The Eastman School of Music and William Patterson College. Their most recent recording, "Paths," was released in 2002 and has been called "a remarkably varied, original, and arresting work," by the Boston Globe.

The Ensemble is comprised of Tom Christensen (tenor and soprano saxophones, wood flutes, oboe and English horn, clarinet and bass clarinet), Charles Pillow (tenor and sopranino saxophones, alto flute, oboe, clarinet and bass clarinet), Ben Allison (bass), and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion).

Tickets for this show, and all Performing Arts Series productions, are $15 for general admission and $5 for Ohio Wesleyan students and can be purchased in advance by calling 740-368-3629.

Additional information about this event and the Performing Arts Series can be found at pas.owu.edu or by calling 740-368-3629.