44 Upland Rd., New Milford, 06776. Phone: 860-355-0300.
Renowned Jazz composer Jamie Begian is a guitarist and modern day big band leader. The artist is also Assistant Professor of Music, Jazz Studies Program Coordinator at Western Connecticut State University. In a free flowing format, Begian will play musical examples, discuss his latest recordings and process influences to his compositions, and talk about how his music draws upon and stands apart from legendary big bands of the past. Meet the Composer takes place at 5 p.m. in the main gallery of The Silo. Tickets prices are $10 each and $5 for students. Reservations are required.
Since 1998, Jamie Begian directs and composes for The Jamie Begian Big Band, his own 17-piece �labor of love � ensemble based in New York City, which performs both locally and internationally. TimeOut NY praises the band as "...a crack large ensemble...", while All About Jazz labeled it "... a rigorous encounter with the entire history of eclectic big band composition..." In 2001 Begian was the winner of the "Charlie Parker Award," presented by the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, for his piece Fuzzy Math; the same award he was nominated for in 2000 with his piece Oops!
Originally from Connecticut, Jamie received his undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music in 1983. During that time Jamie sought to move beyond his �classic rock� guitar influences and into the realm of Jazz. Later Jamie moved to New York City where he enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music for his graduate work. There he was encouraged to go his own direction musically, not worrying about which style or tradition his music adhered to. Upon completion of his Masters Degree, the musician continued his study of composition by joining the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in 1993.