The Reunion Project
Live in Concert
Featuring: Tony White and John Ehlis
March 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 students.
See more information at: http://www.alvasshowroom.com/calendar.php
Reserve tickets by calling (800) 403-3447
Clinic: Breaking the Boundaries of Music With Improvisation
Presented by Tony White and John Ehlis
March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Alvas Music Store
Tickets: free admission - RSVP requested (walk-ins also welcome)
Call (800) 403-3447
Alvas Showroom & Alvas Music Store
1417 W. 8th St.
San Pedro, CA 90732
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The Reunion Project, co-led by saxophonist Tony White and guitarist John Ehlis, is an adventurous musical journey rooted in jazz with a refreshing approach that ranges through a variety of moods, conversational grooves, and sublime nuances. With lyrical melodies, broad harmonic textures, and world grooves, their performances are engaging and gratifying.
“From the first time we played together,” said Ehlis, “there was an ease with our musical conversation and quest for expression. We were really discovering our own voices, not replicating the standard riffs or imitating styles. With the passage of time, our voices have become more clearly formed, while at the same time are ever growing.”
White and Ehlis have performed in a variety of settings over the years including Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, with Vinny Golia at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and with Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra in New York. Though their repertoire is founded on the steady pen of compositions written by Ehlis, they frequently play the music of visionary artists such as Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef or Joseph Jarman.
"Our music connects with audiences because it uses the traditional jazz tones with a spiritual yet bold sound. We are often told that our performances make the audience feel alive," said White.
The Reunion Project will be making a special appearance at Alvas Showroom on March 22 at 8 pm. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for students. The group will also include Emerson Cardenas on bass and Ray McNamara and Glen Fittin on percussion.
As a way of giving back to the local music community, Tony and John will host a free music improvisation workshop at Alvas Music Store on March 20 at 7 pm for all instrumentalists of all ages. Admission is free (RSVP is requested but walk-ins are also welcome).
Knowing how to improvise is one of the most powerful skills that any musician can have. It can help you learn to play in all types of situations, making you more well-rounded as a musician and increasing your ability to get gigs. Tony and John will guide you to apply improvisation towards all types of music. The clinic will include a short performance by John and Tony plus student demonstrations, so bring your instrument. For musicians of all ages! Free admission (RSVP requested but walk-ins are also welcome).