An Instructive Lecture/Musical Performance by Stanley Schumacher, Jason Smeltzer and Professor Musikmacher. Preceding musical invocation by local musicians Shelly Purdy and Bob Wagner.
STANLEY SCHUMACHER AND THE MUSIC NOW ENSEMBLE is a collective of improvisers and composers of exceptional musicianship and imagination. The members of the collective perform in various combinations of players in order to offer a kaleidoscope of instrumentations consistent with the philosophy of free improvisation. Stanley Schumacher founded the ensemble in 2003 to present performances in both acoustical and electroacoustical formats and to promote the diversity and spontaneity of contemporary art music. For this performance, the ensemble will be comprised of Stanley Schumacher, Jason Smeltzer and Professor Musikmacher. Trombonist, vocalist, and composer Stanley Schumacher is director of the Music Now Ensemble and president of Musikmacher Productions. Jason Smeltzer plays the Theremin, one of the first musical instruments to use electricity and the only instrument played without being touched. A long-time associate of the State Mental Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Professor Musikmacher performs exclusively with Stanley Schumacher and the Music Now Ensemble, which provides a platform for his “instructive lectures.”
SHELLY PURDY is a contemporary percussionist who has played in Umbilicus and The Inverse Square Trio. She has collaborated with composers, dancers, sculptors, and visual artists.
BOB WAGNER is a serious and funny drummer, having played regularly with John Berndt, John Deirker, Jason Willett, and Neil Feather. He’s played in cover bands — Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Broydeilic Sidecar I — under the covers — Smilodon.