Jazz News

Alumni News:

Two of our alumni have composed the music for a major film to be released in 2018. Zachary Seman ‘11 and Charles Klarsfeld ‘11 are credited as composers on The Brits Are Coming. Zach Seman also just completed the score to the new Louis CK film, I Love You Daddy


Max Pitman ‘18  started new job at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College  May 2018 — Company Management Intern at Bard SummerScape 2018

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York


Guitarist Miles Sweeney ‘18 and drummer/keyboardist  Evan Garcia Renart ‘12 announce their new record release of Off Road Minivan @offroadminivan Pre-Order their EP here http://smarturl.it/OffRoadMiniVan


Zachary Walker- Kahne ‘18 started new job teaching piano  at  The Community Music Space, Red Hook, NY


Paul Parker ‘14 started a new job at Maestrano as a Junior software engineer · February 8, 2018


Bard News:


Gwen Laster will complete a Residency Project in Denver, Colorado from August 11-15, 2019, in collaboration with We Free Strings. Funded by Chamber Music America.
Debut recording of New Muse 4tet with Gwen Laster will be released in October 2019.Funded in part from the Puffin Foundation.
Gwen Laster has received Project Grant funding from Arts Mid Hudson for performance by two string bands- New Muse 4tet and We Free Strings for Classical Connections- Afro Atlantic, 21st century and Beyond.  Music featuring 20th/21st century composers and original works as a vehicle for social activism.


Gwen Laster will be performing with New Muse 4tet in concert in Woodstock New York as part of the Maverick Concert series.

Gwen Laster will be embarking upon a Midwest Tour, a New Muse 4tet  Residency, and a Leadership role as an Inclusion Facilitator at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  The tour schedule is:
Ann Arbor, Michigan- EP Release.
Chicago, Illinois- EP Release.
Chicago, Illinois- Residency- Ravinia- Reach, Teach, Play.


John Esposito has received a grant from the Peter S Reed Foundation to present a concert in summer 2020 and produce a short documentary film of John Esposito & A Book Of Five Rings w an installation by Video Artist Laura Steele.

John Esposito will visit and teach Jazz at the Smolny Institute in St Petersburg, Russia for a week in October  2019.


Bard Jazz Studies welcomes the addition of new Ethnomusicologist Whitney Slaten.


Bard Jazz Studies welcomes the addition of new saxophone instructor Eric Person. www.ericperson.com


Bard Jazz Studies welcomes the addition of two new instrumental instructors: cellist/ composer Akua Dixon (akuadixon.com) and violinist/composer Gwen Laster (http://www.gwenlaster.com.)


2017 Grant Announcement: Erica Lindsay, composing for the Alchemy Sound Project, is the recipient of the Chamber Music of America 2017 New Jazz Works Commission, made possible with the generous support of the Doris Duke Foundation


Erica Lindsay is Recipient of the Composer Now 2017 Creative Residencies, in partnership with The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Asian Cultural Council


Erica  Lindsay will be collaborating with Tibetan choreographer/dance artist Wangjia Zhaxi in  a weeklong residency to take place this November.


Thurman Barker is currently working on a composition for Jazz quintet and orchestra called South Side Suite.


We mark the passing of pianist Cecil Taylor March 15, 1929 – April 5, 2018,  a longtime collaborator with percussionist and Bard faculty member Thurman Barker


Choreographer/ Bard Faculty member  Peter Kyle premiered his piece Travelers with new music by Bard Faculty member John Esposito at the Bard Dance Faculty Concert

Fri April 13 7:30 pm, Saturday April 14 4pm & 7:30 pm, Sunday April 15 4pm

Luma Theater , Fisher Center


Wednesday May 2 John Esposito was interviewed by DJ Rita Ryan at WVKR Vassar College Radio featuring music from his Sunjump Records label. Wvkr.org


John Esposito’s Sunjump Records announces new release: Lyra SJCD0016 featuring:

Greg Glassman – trumpet

Stacey Dillard – tenor & soprano sax

John Esposito – piano

Ira Coleman – bass

Peter O’Brien – drums

Recorded, mixed & mastered 2014 by Scott Petito at NRS, Catskill, NY.

Executive Producer – John Esposito

Interior cover art – Lyra Esposito Steele

Package design – Laura Steele


John Esposito’s Sunjump Records announces new release: Music Is Love: The Manhattan Sessions  SJCD0017 featuring:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi – guitar

Joe Diorio – guitar

Vea Williams – vocals

Eddie Gomez – bass

Rashied Ali – drums

Geoffrey Gordon – tabla/percussion

Rahiim Taalib – percussion


Edited & mastered by Scott Petito 2017 at NRS, Catskill, NY

Executive Producer – John Esposito

Cover art – Sangeeta Michael Berardi

Package design – Laura Steele


John Esposito has a new website for his Sunjump Records label. www.sunjumprecords.com