A Joyful Noise

Nearly 20 years ago I arrived in Plainfield reeling from the confines of the music conservatory experience.  Convinced that I was done with music for good, I landed into the free-form unknown of Goddard College.  For the first time in my life I felt unburdened by expectation and given the the support and freedom to seamlessly experience life and education at the same time.

Despite my best intentions to avoid music, I was instantly drawn to Don Glasgo’s Jazz Workshop group study where I was introduced to Sun Ra for the first time.  Despite my having come up in Philadelphia just a few miles from the Arkestra’s Germantown home I had never heard of Sun Ra and knew nothing of the joyful noise regularly created by his creative music Arkestra for over 25 years.   Through Don’s gentle and subtle tutelage,  I was able to shed the notions of “right and wrong” in music.   It was in the basement of the Goddard College music building and on the stage of the Haybarn Theatre that I was able to decipher my own musical voice and know that it was okay to do so.

Life seems to be about full circles spirals.  Exactly 20 years later I am honored to have my  new 20-piece musical project, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective premiere Goddard College’s latest artistic incubator  – Goddard College Concert’s The Local Spotlight.  Once again Goddard seems to be the creative catalyst furthering and supporting my musical path.   I love that the picture of the new group above was taken on the steps to one of Goddard’s greatest treasures, the upper garden.  Anyone who has visited the garden has likely felt its formidable influence.

I hope that you can join us on Friday December 7 at 8 PM to share in The Saturn People’s joyful noise.

In the series’ own words:

Goddard College Concerts  is committed to showcasing a local band or musician who has a special project to bring to the stage at the Haybarn Theatre.  The Local Spotlight will feature Vermont musician(s) who are interested in being part of our series and experimenting in the Haybarn Theatre.  Musicians/bands will expand on what they are currently doing on stage by creating a collaborative project with a various local acts, hosting a fundraising effort, expand their show with a special guest new to VT stages or attempt a theatrical extension of their show.  Goddard College has been an incubator of the arts and is proud to instigate musicians to imagine their fullest potential here at the Haybarn Theatre.

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About saturnpeoplesounds

As a trumpeter, composer, arranger and band leader, multi-instrumentalist Brian Boyes has worked in Vermont for the past 16 years. As a member of a variety of award wining ensembles including the national touring jazz-funk act, viperHouse, he has been recognized for his soulful and intense approach to his trumpet. Under his leadership the group TALA was recognized internationally for its hybrid blend of world music and jazz. Tala was a featured act of both the Flynn Space Vermont Artist Series and the Discover Jazz Festival. He also works with The 35th Parallel Mediterrasian Jazz Ensemble. As an educator Brian Boyes has twice received special recognition from the Vermont Arts Alliance for his unique and creative approach to music education at Cabot School. He has shared the stage with artists such as Lester Bowie, Trey Anastasio, John Sinclair, Jody Diamond, Josh Roseman, Michael Ray, and Marshall Allen. He currently co-leads and plays trumpet with Movement Of The People: The Fela Kuti Project.
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