Words and Music: An Arts Faculty Showcase brings together composers and poets from the Amherst College faculty in four musical premieres alongside three poetical readings, with two of the performances blending music and text. Darryl joins Carl Clements to premiere his Sonata 1 for Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone inspired by the duets of Yusef Lateef.

Saturday, March 30
7:00 p.m.
Buckley Recital Hall
53 College Street
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
Free admission

Darryl and Carl (2nd and 3rd from the left) perform with the Amherst College Jazz Faculty at The Drake in Fall 2023


The program also features Ravi Krishnaswami’s Collide-scope with text by Meghana Mysore in an electronically-enhanced setting, as well as live movement by Nicole Cox. Vocalist Aaron Engebreth joins composer/pianist Eric Sawyer in States of Mind, a new song cycle concerning the intersection of fantasy and technology. An all-star band joins composer/saxophonist Jason Robinson in premieres of The Wandering and Of Salt and Sun and Air. These selections from his composition series Ancestral Numbers and For Yusef Lateef feature trumpeter Zoe Murphy, pianist Anastassiya Petrova, bassist Jacob William, and percussionist Richie Barshay. Three faculty poets, Kirun Kapur, Amy Dryansky, and Dennis Sweeney intersperse readings from their work with the musical selections.