Light of Life
A Summer Solstice Concert
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Friday, June 21, 7:30 pm
Join us for a free outdoor concert in celebration of the year’s longest day.
Musicians James Aikman (keyboard), Ken Kozora (percussion, flutes, and bass), and Robert Spalding Newcomb (guitar and sitar) present an evening of structured improvisational musical exploration. Influenced by numerous strands of musical genre and thought, the trio of veteran composers/performers collaborate for the very first time in what promises to be an auspicious celebration of the Summer Solstice.
Concert is free.
- About the musicians:
Robert Spalding Newcomb
Robert Spalding Newcomb has spent most his life exploring the links between artistic expression and healing arts modalities. His equally intense interest in self-organizing complex systems - their data, behaviors, and artifacts - has added a highly intellectual layer to his work. Robert has performed on tour in India, produced six self-published albums of original music, and published his compositional theories and described his unique music software in the Cambridge University Press (UK) journal, Organised Sound (1998). His computer music has been featured in electronic music festivals and conferences worldwide. He has been commissioned to compose music for dance, yoga, carillon and percussion.
Read more about Robert Spalding Newcomb on his website.
James Aikman's music has earned prestigious honors for decades and has variously been described as "richly sonorous," "fascinating," "plaintively beautiful," "exciting, inventive and fresh." Notable festivals and audiences in North America and Europe have embraced his music performed by many extraordinary musicians. Recordings include those released by Naxos American Classics, Centaur, Cathedral Arts, Indiana University Trustees, and Cultures Electroniques (harmonia mundi/Le Chant du Monde). Susan Isaac Nisbett writes, "Aikman, a composer whose work dazzles with its daring and lyric beauty, performs on keyboard here."
Read more about James Aikman on his website.
Ken Kozora, musician, composer, educator, and restless explorer, is always eager to push boundaries. He brings a wide musical perspective to his compositions and performances on trumpet, bass, synthesizer, acoustic/electronic percussion, wind synth, bamboo flutes. Ken has recorded and performed with a wide variety of local and renowned international artists in almost every genre, leads his own world / jazz group "KOZORA", performs solo for special events and composes music for dance, art installations and various media. He has worked extensively in music education across all age groups and learning abilities and is very active in community and environmental issues.
Read more about Ken Kozora on the Arts Alliance website.