Event celebrates release of album produced by music prof

Contact: Cara Barnes
Songsmith Collective CD release poster.

Admission to the CD release event is $10 and includes a copy of the CD.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—An event celebrating the release of an album by the Songsmith Collective is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Western Michigan University’s Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 and includes a copy of the CD and admission to a reception following the performance.

The album marries music and poetry and includes settings to poems by Yeats, Frost and WMU's Traci Brimhall. The album was produced by Andrew Rathbun, WMU assistant professor of music, saxophone and jazz studies. The project was funded by WMU's College of Fine Arts Fellowship Grants program.

The March 3 performance will feature special guests Scott Cowan, trumpet, and Greg Jasperse, voice.

Songsmith Collective

The Songsmith Collective has 11 members and is directed by Rathbun.

  • Brooke Lauritzen, voice.
  • Elliot Weeks, voice.
  • Dominic Cariotti, flute.
  • Marcus Johnson, alto saxophone, bass clarinet.
  • Blake Cross, tenor saxophone.
  • Curtis James, trumpet.
  • Luke Marlowe, trombone.
  • Mark Niskanen, piano, Rhodes.
  • Kellen Boersma, guitar.
  • Denis Shebukhov, bass.
  • Steven Perry, drums.

For more information about the concert, visit wmujazz.com or call (269) 387-4681.

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