Noted ensemble to present free master class in tandem with concert

  Friday, November 2, 2018 9:00 AM
  News, Arts & Entertainment

Pittsburg, KS

Todd Mosby Ensemble


Area music enthusiasts can attend a free master class in jazz improvisation on Sunday that will be followed by a concert performed by an ensemble of Grammy-nominated performers. 

To help fund the class, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University was among a select group of regional organizations to receive a regional touring programming grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance — the nation's oldest regional arts organization founded to foster cultural growth in heartland communities.

The master class will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bicknell Center by Todd Mosby New Horizons Ensemble, a six-member group of acoustic musicians that has toured from New York to San Francisco. 

Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. The class will include a focus on the similarities and differences in improvisational music in North India and North America. 

Mosby spent years in private study and performances with Ustadt Imrat Khan, a living legend of classical North Indian music. He studied at Berklee College of Music, researched at Webster University, and has been a noted performer for 20 years. He has been a guest lecturer at Washington University for six years.  

Mosby’s compositions and arrangements weave personal story and familiar tunes of the 60's and 70's by artists such as Neil Young, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. Placed in a contemporary context, audiences relate to these timeless songs of the past with the relevance of today. His most recent recording was nominated in three categories for Global Peace Song Awards. 

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is ticketed. In addition to Mosby on guitar, the group includes Grammy-winning percussionist Jeff Haynes, Grammy-nominated fretless bass player Michael Manring, woodwind player Premik R. Tubbs, who has performed with Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Sting, and Lady Gaga, accomplished pianist and vocalist Lola Toben, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Toben  

The audience can expect each song in the set to look, sound, and feel different, with a variation of lights, sound, story, media, and staging.  

Tickets for the concert are available online, by calling 620-235-4796 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at at the box office in the Bicknell Center one hour prior to the show. Tickets range from $19 to $25, with discounts for PSU students, faculty, and staff with valid PSU ID.   

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