Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Master flutists visits for a jazz poetry slam

A master flutist will visit  Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, Feb. 17, to perform improvisational jazz to accompany students’ poetry.

Galen Abdur-Razzaq will join students for a jazz poetry slam called “Galen: On a Moment’s Notice” at two events on Feb. 17, as follows:
  • 12:30 p.m., Stage 13 on the second floor the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.  Parking is available in the lot in front of the campus or in the CMAC parking lot.
  • 7 p.m., FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive, at the corner with Routes 5 and 20.  Parking is available at the Honors House.
Both events are free and open to the public. Before each student recites his or her written work, Abdur-Razzaq will ask the student about the tone of the poem. Then “on a moment’s notice,” he will play a jazz accompaniment that will complement the mood of the poem.

Abdur-Razzaq is an arranger, composer, music director and writer who calls his style of music “spiritual jazz.”  An alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and Rutgers University, he has a master’s degree in fine arts education.

He has performed and recorded in the United States and internationally for more than 30 years with some of the world’s most respected artists, such as Melba Moore, Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips and Gwen Guthrie.

Due to his extensive recording career, motivating lectures and evocative jazz performances, Galen Abdur-Razzaq is a popular artist on university and college campuses across the country.
For more information, contact Curt Nehring Bliss, Honors House director, at (585) 785-1367 or nehrincd@flcc.edu.

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