VAPA welcomes composer Evan Mazunik for lessons, concert with ULM Jazz Ensemble on March 10
Posted on March 3, 2022
WHAT: ULM Jazz Ensemble performs with composer Evan Mazunik
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10
OR: Brown Auditorium
COST: Free and open to the public
Renowned composer, keyboardist and educator Evan Mazunik will leave the Colorado Rockies and spend a few days on the bayou to share his expertise with students in the music program at the University of Louisiana’s Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Mazunik will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10. He will work with the students during the day and will join the ULM Jazz Ensemble for a performance on Thursday. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
“I enjoy working with the music student body in a variety of ensembles and classes: music education, band, choir, and jazz, to name a few. From improvisation to composition to dealing with performance anxiety, I’m honored to share what I’ve learned and look forward to performing with the students on Thursday night,” said Mazunik.
Mazunik earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Iowa. He is worship leader and choir director at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Denver.
As a composer, Mazunik’s commissions include works for jazz bands, choir, various solo instruments, and interdisciplinary works for theatre, dance and film. He has presented workshops at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado Mesa University, University of Indiana, University of North Texas and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Mazunik, as a solo artist, fuses piano jazz, vintage keyboards, electronic interludes, spoken word and samples from space. In 2020 he released the holiday album “Amid the Cold” with original arrangements of Christmas carols.
“We are thrilled that our students have the opportunity to work with a musician of Evan Mazunik’s talent and versatility,” said VAPA music teacher James Boldin, DMA.
For more information about Mazunik, visit evanmazunik.com. For more information about this performance, visit the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at ulm.edu/vapa.