News Release - March 1, 2013

New Music Festival To Feature Visiting Composers, Premieres

Shawn Baltazor by Jeff Stella

The music faculty at Sonoma State is expanding its annual Faculty Composers concert into a weeklong affair that includes two performances and a guest composer residency.

The April 6-12 New Music Festival celebrates trends in jazz and classical composition and features a rare performance of Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Transfigured Night in its original setting.

Saturday, April 6, 4:00 p.m. Weill Hall *
Sonoma Musica Viva: Transfigured Night

Brian S. Wilson, director; Faculty String Ensemble, Joe Edelberg, concertmaster; Jennifer Thuman, soprano

No piece captures the volcanic shift in chromaticism better than Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. Songs by Schubert and his spiritual progeny, Alban Berg, will feature alumnae Jenny Thuman, soprano, and Rami Kim, piano. Introductory remarks by Professor Emeritus Will Johnson.

Wednesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. GMC 1029
Jazz & Composer’s Forum: Shawn Baltazor, guest composer

New York-based jazz drummer/composer Shawn Baltazor and bassist Kermit Driscoll truly represent the cutting edge of jazz in the new century. Catch Shawn and Kermit for a lively free discussion, then hear them perform on Friday's concert.

Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall *
Faculty Composer’s Concert: Twinge

Shawn Baltazor, guest composer & Kermit Driscoll, guest bassist; Mark Anderman, guest composer; Marilyn Thompson, piano; Eric Cabalo, guitar; Talia Trozzo, mezzo-soprano; SSU Jazz Orchestra, Doug Leibinger, director; members of the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

This diverse program encompasses solo pieces for guitar and piano, a song cycle, and jazz works for combo and big band. Program: “Sweet Friends” suite for piano by Marcia Bauman; Four Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano by Jeff Langley; plus works by Mark Anderman, Shawn Baltazor, Will Johnson, George Marsh and Randy Vincent.

Premiere — “The Road From Home” for solo guitar by Brian S. Wilson, performed by Eric Cabalo, guitar
Bay Area premiere — “I Dream of Debris” for big band by Doug Leibinger, performed by the SSU Jazz Orchestra, Doug Leibinger, leader

Tickets are $10-$15 and available online at To speak with a box office representative call 707-664-2353 weekdays between 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 4:00 p.m. Weill Hall *
Sonoma Musica Viva: Transfigured Night



Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall *
Faculty Composer’s Concert: Twinge


Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance off Rohnert Park Expressway. Parking is $5 and is available in Lots O and L.


Mark Anderman, guest composer, is the music theory coordinator at Santa Rosa Junior College, and currently serves as music department chair. He studied music theory and composition with Richard Festinger, Henry Onderdonk, and Martin Herman; orchestration with Donald Para and John Wallace; and jazz arranging with John Prince. As a composer/arranger, Mark's works have been widely performed, including several premiered by the jazz ensembles at SRJC.

Shawn Baltazor, guest composer – Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, drummer/composer Shawn Baltazor was exposed early on to the rich and diverse music scene it had to offer. Relocating to the East Coast in 2003, Baltazor attended the renowned Jazz studies program at William Paterson University where he was featured in performance with Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett and Slide Hampton. After graduating with a B.M. summa cum laude from WPU, he moved to New York City. Baltazor has performed internationally at the Festival International des Musiques Noires d’Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, the Jazzablanca Festival in Morocco, and the Risonanze Festival at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice, Italy.

Marcia Bauman, faculty composer, has composed music for concert hall, dance, radio drama and film for a wide variety of media, including solo instruments, full orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble, string quartet and electroacoustic music. Bauman earned her Ph. D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and was a Research Associate at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Acoustics and Music.

Eric Cabalo, faculty guitar, is a multi-award winning performer and educator. He received aBachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands, studying with Terry Graves and Kenton Youngstrom, and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied performance, composition, and improvisation with internationally acclaimed guitarist/composer Dusan Bogdanovic. Eric has recorded a CD of South American guitar music titled, Evocacíon.

Kermit Driscoll, guest bassist, born March 4th, 1956 in Kearney, Nebraska, Kermit began playing piano at age five, bass at thirteen. A student of Jaco Pastorius in 
1974, he later attended Berklee College of Music, graduating 
magna cum laude in 1978. A veteran of twenty-eight Broadway 
shows and numerous film scores and TV commercials, Kermit is currently 
affiliate faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He has recorded and performed with 
Kenny Wheeler, George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, 
the American Composers Orchestra, Patti Austin, Chet Baker, 
Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Don Byron, and a great many others.

Rami Kim, piano, began studying music at the age of eight. She won first place at the Southern Youth Music Festival and was runner up at the Ruth Finley Person Memorial competition. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Sonoma State, where she studied piano with Marilyn Thompson.  After graduating, Rami performed upon request at the March 2012 press announcement of the Green Music Center’s inaugural season. She currently lives in Santa Rosa where she maintains an active teaching and performance schedule as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.

Jeff Langley, faculty composer, outgoing artistic director of the Green Music Center, is a composer, pianist and arts administrator with a broad experience that spans an unusually wide musical and theatrical spectrum. He has had a varied history as collaborator/pianist with singer/activist Holly Near; as a member of the Juilliard faculty; New York opera and music theatre composer; and director of entertainment for Knott's Berry Farm. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Music Composition from the Juilliard School.

Doug Leibinger, faculty composer, a Chicago native, trombonist and composer, holds three degrees in jazz performance from the University of Miami. Leibinger's residence in South Florida for 18 years led to professional engagements in a wide variety of styles. His credits include Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Claire Fischer, Maria Schneider, Chayanne, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez, Jimmy Buffett, Sam Moore, Les Elgart, Jerry Lewis, Peter Cetera, and many more. His big band arrangements are published by Walrus Music.

George Marsh, faculty composer, is a San Francisco-based jazz drummer, composer, and educator, currently with the David Grisman Sextet. His recordings include those with John Abercrombie, Terry Riley, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Pauline Oliveros, Denny Zeitlin, Maria Muldaur, and many others. George has taught drumming and rhythm theory at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Sonoma State University since 1982.

Marilyn Thompson, faculty piano, has performed in chamber music concerts in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street “Y” in New York City, the Phillips Gallery, Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and in the Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. A founding member of Trio Navarro, Marilyn has taught piano at Sonoma State since 1976.

Jennifer Thuman, soprano, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in voice from Sonoma State in 2011, where her voice teachers included Susan Witt-Butler and David Burnakus. She is a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin director. As a member of the SFS chorus, Jenny has sung in a master class with Bohlin and was selected to be a chorus mentor for Sing Out Davies! Jenny’s next SFS performance will be on "MTT Explores Early Beethoven" in May.

Randy Vincent, faculty jazz guitar and composer, began his career in Florida and moved to the San Francisco Area in 1980. Since then, he has divided his time between performing and teaching. Among the many musicians with whom he has performed and recorded are Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, Leny Andrade, Stephanie Ozer, Mel Martin, Benny Barth, Mel Graves, Bennett Friedman, Larry Baskett, Peter Welker and Chris Amberger. Randy has taught jazz guitar at Sonoma State since 1981 and he plays on a regular basis with many local musicians throughout the Bay Area. Randy's students include Julian Lage, Dave McNab, and Liberty Ellman.

Brian S. Wilson, faculty composer, is a native of Lynn, MA, and a graduate of New England Conservatory, the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona. His teachers include Malcolm Peyton, Edward Diamente, Dan Asia, Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran (composition) and Barbara Schubert, Michael Walters, Gregg Hanson and Kurt Klippstater (conducting). Wilson is music department chair at Sonoma State University, where he teaches music theory and composition.


Jenny Thuman by Rick Lejano















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