Wild Bassoon domesticated by New York-based jazz quartet

Music at Noon: The Logan Series' October engagement transports listeners to a curious land where the overlooked bassoon rules the stage, performing jazz standards, Latin, bebop, rhythm and blues and original compositions in the bright spotlight.

"Bassoon in the Wild" makes its Logan debut with a performance at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the McGarvey Commons of the college's Reed Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.

"It takes a fairly brave soul to champion the bassoon as a solo instrument in jazz, and Michael Rabinowitz appears to be brave beyond belief," Chicago Tribune music critic Howard Reich wrote of "Bassoon in the Wild’s" front man, one of the few professional bassoonists able to make a career playing convincing jazz. Rabinowitz has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, John Hicks, Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, and made appearances at the Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tri-City, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl festivals. He additionally performs with The Charles Mingus Orchestra.

Additional members of Bassoon in the Wild are Grisha Alexiev on drums, Diana Herold on vibraphone, marimba and assorted percussion, and bassist Joe Fonda. The quartet has performed at New York City’s JVC Jazz Festival, at The Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, at The Mohonk Mountain House Jazz Weekend, and in many smaller clubs and venues.

Music at Noon, an innovative program to introduce classical music in an informal atmosphere rather than an intimidating concert hall, is celebrating its 20th season. Founded at Penn State Behrend by Warren philanthropist and arts advocate Kay Logan, the series' unique musical outreach has been honored with an Adventurous Programming Award by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The series receives major support from the Kay Logan Trust and additional funding from the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and the Erie Arts Endowment of ArtsErie.

For more information about The Logan Series or Bassoon in the Wild's appearance, contact Logan Series director Gary Viebranz at 814-898-6289.

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Last Updated September 23, 2009