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.
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