University of Rochester

EVENT: Concert by the Millennium Collective, an improvisation ensemble

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester’s River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
Note: Parking is available on University lots after 7 p.m. weeknights.

March 4, 2005

Millennium Collective, an ensemble whose concerts feature improvisations, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Formed in 1999, the group is composed of musicians who have backgrounds in jazz, rock, and classical music. Millennium Collective’s concerts include free improvisation as well as original compositions that involve some improvisation, with and without electronic effect.

The ensemble consists of four members who hold advance degrees from or are graduate students at the University’s Eastman School of Music. Anton Machleder, assistant professor of guitar at Houghton College, is an award-winning musician who has performed extensively throughout the United States and is an authority on 20th century Cuban music for guitar. He is currently exploring Middle Eastern percussion.

Keyboardist Peter Silberman, a founding member of the Millennium Collective, is a visiting instructor of music theory at the University of Rochester. He has performed throughout the Northeast as a French hornist, pianist, and conductor. Jason Titus, bass, plays bass and guitar in Rochester bands and is keyboardist for the Brooklyn-based band Low Water. A visiting instructor of music theory at the University, Titus is writing his doctoral dissertation on the music of Miles Davis. Percussionist Colin Tribby has worked as a percussionist, writer, and vocalist with several rock groups. His compositions and arrangements have been featured in the film “The Rough South of Larry Brown” and the documentary “Gatewood: Facing the White Canvas.” Most recently, Tribby’s work “Let Freedom Ring” was performed during Rochester’s Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration.

For its performance on the River Campus, Millennium Collective will be joined by guest artist Sundar Viswanathan, a saxophonist and vocalist considered one of Canada’s rising young jazz musicians.

Millennium Collective’s concert is sponsored by the Department of Music in the College. For more information, contact (585) 275-2828.