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Purple Gums Brass Ensemble

Friday, February 24, 2017
  Noon–2 p.m.

Location: The Barn Barn Theatre, located among the orange trees next to the Barn Restaurant
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Category: Concert



Purple Gums Brass Ensemble
Francis Wong, sax and winds
William Roper, tuba and low brass
Bobby Bradford, trumpet
Lenora Lee, dance
Melody Takata, taiko

Brass ensemble Purple Gums, comprised of Bobby Bradford (cornet), William Roper (tuba) and Francis Wong (saxophones) performs a tasty gumbo of jazz, free improv, ragtime and classical. The trio's role is to carry on the tradition of making music in the moment. Charts don't exist. Rehearsals have never occurred. Ideas are generated and developed on the bandstand. Joining the ensemble is Lenora Lee (dancer/choreographer) and taiko artist and dancer Melody Takata.

The performance at UC Riverside is part of a Southern California mini-tour, in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the production company Asian Improv aRts, is also dedicated to the memory of the late composer, pianist, shamisen performer, bandleader, community activist, and educator Glenn Horiuchi (1955 - 2000).

Photo: Bobby Bradford, William Roper, Francis Wong, Lenora Lee by Andy Nozaka, Melanie Takata by Walter Wagner

Open to: Campus Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Music Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245