Student Activities Board presents Music Bach's Concert Series! - A free lunchtime concert series hosted in the Alumni Memorial Union Atrium from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
2021-22 Music Bach's Concert Series Schedule
Nelly’s Echo – Vocalist & Guitar
Friday, September 17, 2021
AMU Atrium; 11:30-1pm
Nelly’s Echo is based on the premise that music is a two-way street; “It’s a give and take.” Nelly refers to the musician creating the ambiance and & Echo refers to the audience’s response.
Nelly’s Echo was a contestant on season 3 of NBC’s The Voice where he made it into Team Christina Aguilera where she quotes: “I had so much fun listening to you... It seems like with you the sky is the limit…”
Nelly’s Echo has shared the stage with the artists: Trombone Shorty, Travis McCoy, Sean Kingston, & Boyz II Men. Additionally he has delivered a TedTalk at TedX Wilmington. His topic was titled “The Art of Winning Over a Crowd” by Nelson Emokpae.
One of Nelson’s favorite sayings, “Make good music the soundtrack to your life.” For more on Nelly's Echo, Click here
Tracy Silverman – Electric Violinist
Friday, October 18, 2021
AMU Atrium; 11:30-1:00pm
Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. A leader in the progressive string community, his Strum Bowing Method has been adopted by players and teachers all over the world.
Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. He has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras, and is the subject of several electric violin concertos composed specifically for him by Pulitzer winners John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, Kenji Bunch and others as well as the composer of 3 electric violin concertos of his own.
A longstanding advocate for post-classical string playing, Silverman believes “strings must evolve or they will perish.” His approach embraces the 400-year legacy of string playing while also speaking in the native tongue of our own contemporary popular musical culture: rock, jazz, hip-hop, etc.
Media highlights include a solo Tiny Desk Concert, Performance Today, CBS Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion and many others.
Silverman is the author of The Strum Bowing Method: How to Groove on Strings, an in-demand clinician internationally and on the string faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
For more on Tracy, click here
Findlay String Quartet
Friday, November 12, 2021
AMU Atrium; 11:30-1:00pm
The Findlay String Quartet was founded in 1986.
Tom Carey, first
violin, has performed professionally in numerous orchestras. Currently, he is the Concertmaster with the Lima Symphony.
Tom retired from the University of Findlay where he served as the first conductor for the orchestra, while also teaching violin, viola and cello. He also retired from Findlay City Schools and Van Buren Elementary School where he served as a string and classroom teacher.
Ken Pressel, second violin, is currently
the Director of the Findlay City Schools Orchestra Program. He has performed professionally in numerous orchestras.
Dave Hanson, viola, is the retired Director of the Findlay City Schools orchestra program where he taught for 35 years. He was also a professor of string methods, double bass, and classical guitar at Heidelberg University for 41 years. His primary instrument is the double bass on which he has performed with the
Toledo and Lima Symphony Orchestras.
Schaible, cello, has taught strings
and general music in both Texas and Ohio. She recently completed her formal teaching career as a
member of the music faculty of the Findlay City Schools. Although playing the cello in the quartet, she also is a highly trained bassoonist.
Asia Project – Spoken Word w/ Guitar Accompaniment
Friday, February 18, 2022
AMU Atrium; 11:30-1:00pm
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 2000 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. The duo holds the record for the highest booked poetry act in the college market w/ over 600 shows since 2009.
On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with: Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One.
Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect.
They have been featured on HBO Def Poetry, Button Poetry, TEDx, NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, SoFar Sounds, Story Conference, and Entrepreneur’s Organization. They have worked with companies such as the US Military, Nokia, Disney, To Write Love On Her Arms and AEvolve.
-3x Recipient of Assoc. for the Promotion of Campus Activities “Spoken Word Artist of the Year”
-1x Recipient of Assoc. for the Promotion of Campus Activities "College Performer of the Year"
-Featured by the US Military for their 9/11 Memorial
-9x Featured Video at internationally known Button Poetry YouTube Channel
-Featured on HBO's "Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam"
_Featured at SoFar Sounds Ft Lauderdale
-Featured on BET's "Lyric Cafe"
-Featured on Black Family Channel's "Spoken"
-Featured poet at legendary Nuyorican Poet's Cafe
-Featured poet at Hawaii Slam
-1x Team Champion Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam
-3x Team Finalist Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam
-3x Individual finalist Southern Fried Regional Slam Champion
-1x Team Finalist PSI National Poetry Slam
-1x Individual finalist Akoben Word Up Poetry Festival
-1x Team Champion Hot Air State Poetry Slam
"One of my favorite storytellers. One of my favorite poets. One of my favorite human beings. It takes a special person/writer to unfold a story as carefully and tenderly as Asia. At the same time, there's such an acute and ugly honesty he never let's us escape. isn't that what makes a great piece of art? When so much has already tried to take our breath, his words offer up a vital aliveness- an inspirational nudge to keep it up/keep going...live! I'm grateful for our brother and all he offers to the world."- Sunni Patterson (HBO Def Poet)
For more on the Asia Project, click here
Charles Berthoud – Electric Bassist
Friday, March 25, 2022
AMU Atrium; 11:30-1:00pm
British bassist, Charles Berthoud (pronounced BEAR-too), is changing the way we think about the bass guitar. As one of the most exciting and versatile new bass players on the world stage, his compositions are both moving and beautiful, showing off a technique that he is helping to bring to the mainstream. Already being recognized as one of the masters of the two-handed tapping technique, he plays the bass like a piano, accompanying himself with multiple parts. A classically trained pianist and muiti-instrumentalist, Charles uses contemporary guitar techniques to play astonishingly fast, almost flamenco-like passages. Mastering his instrument through years and countless hours of practicing, Charles’ compositions range from the drama of a film score to the peaceful tranquility of a piano sonata.
Mentored by New England bass impresario, Jim Stinnett, Charles was introduced to the two-handed tapping technique that would come to define much of his own music. Before graduating Berklee with highest honors, Charles co-authored an instructional book, Two-Handed Tapping, with Stinnett. Now, his talents are in high demand as a touring and studio musician.
Charles’ playing transcends genre. He has conducted workshops and clinics across the northeast, including at Berklee and the New Hampshire Bass Fest. He has performed at prestigious venues in all four corners of the United States, including The Capitol Center for the Arts, The Palace Theater, and the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. Whether on bass guitar, piccolo bass or piano, audiences are captivated by his music, and amazed by his world-class virtuosity. After touring and recording as a sideman on a dozen records and tours, Charles now has two solo albums under his belt. While New Age of Solo Bass introduced his technical skills to the world, his follow up, Don’t Look Back, is a compositional tour de force. For more about Charles, click here
Mikaela Umbs – Harpist
Friday, April 22, 2022
AMU Atrium; 11:30-1:00pm
Known for her technical proficiency and emotive performance style, Mikaela’s interpretation of both contemporary and classical compositions is an immersive experience for audiences across the country. She is formally trained in a variety of classical musical styles, including baroque, renaissance, Latin, and Romantic, and incorporates them into her performances. She also plays concert-level viola, violin, and piano.
Mikaela is a second-generation concert musician and began playing music in kindergarten. She has now played harp for more than two decades, studying under the principal harpist, Janice Bishop of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, and the principal harpist of the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra Faye Seeman. She also trained under world-renowned harpists, including Joan Holland, Ann Hobson Pilot, and Bridget Kibbey, and Mary Kay Waddington. She attended the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois, on a music proficiency scholarship, completing her studies in Music (Harp) Performance.
Mikaela has spent most of her life performing on stage in a variety of settings. She began her musical performing career as a member of the Lima Area Youth Orchestra, and the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, and East Central Regional Orchestra, where she quickly rose to the ranks of Principal harpist. She joined the Toledo Youth Orchestra in high school, and at the same time, performed for the Lima Symphony Orchestra, which she would later join. She was awarded the Concerto Competition winner for both Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra, receiving the Toledo Symphony League Scholarship Award. She has performed with the Ohio Northern University Orchestra as well as the University of Findlay Symphonic Band. Her time spent in the Wheaton College Orchestra was her first foray into professional performance as a principal harpist, and it was quickly followed by recurring stints in orchestras, and musical events throughout Northwest Ohio.
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