Robin Eubanks
Gets to it with New CD
Get 2 it, a CD released in 2001 by Assistant Professor of Trombone Robin Eubanks and his band Mental Images, features nine progressive jazz tracks composed and arranged by Eubanks, who plays acoustic and electric trombone. "Reunion" was composed and arranged by Robin, along with his brother Kevin (of The Tonight Show) and Mino Cinelu. A tune by Wayne Shorter, "House of Jade," completes the set.

Paul Cox '92 writes in the "Listening Room" on the Con-servatory website, that as a composer and a performer, Eubanks ­ who also produced and mixed the album ­ has an "intense and arresting artistic vision."

JazzTimes critic Josef Woodard notes in the August 2001 issue that one of the tracks, "Cross Currents" (a tribute to Eubanks' mentor, the late J.J. Johnson) illustrates why Eubanks "is one of the finest jazz trombonists alive."

The CD is also dedicated to Johnson as well as to the Buddhist movement kosen-rufu.

A member of the Oberlin faculty since 1998, Eubanks toured Europe in fall 2001 with the Dave Holland Quintet, the "core" ensemble of Holland's Big Band. (Holland is also a member of Mental Images, as are Robin's brothers, trumpeter Duane and Kevin.) The Dave Holland Quintet won the top Acoustic Jazz Group category in recent Down Beat Readers and Critics polls.

In an October 2001 Down Beat feature on Holland, Eubanks is credited, along with others of Holland's various musical allies, for having "helped raise the bar for achievements in song, mood, narrative, virtuosity, and polyphonic and polyrhythmic interplay."


Ciao, Professores!
The Oberlin in Italy Program
In honor of 15 years directing the Oberlin on Italy Program, Professor of Singing Daune Mahy was presented in July 2001 with a plaque from the city of Urbania, Italy, and Centro Studi Italiani, the city's language school and Oberlin's program collaborator.

Fifty-five singers from schools across the US and Canada as well as members of the National Opera Company participated last summer. Mahy, along with Oberlin faculty members Associate Professor of Singing Marlene Rosen and Professor of Singing Gerald Crawford, comprised the vocal faculty. Other faculty included conductors Benton Hess (Eastman School of Music) and Julian Dawson (Northwestern University), stage director Will Graham (A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, N.C.), and coaches Linda Hirt (DePaul University) and Ubaldo Fabbri, Paola Mariotti, and Lucia Tosi (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro).

The offering of Puccini's La Rondine at Teatro Bramante in Urbania on July 3 marked the restored theatre's first public performance in more than 16 years. Following the opera and the mayor's presentation to Mahy, the singers performed "Brindisi" from Verdi's La Traviata. (La Traviata is the featured opera for the summer 2002 program. For more information click here. As midnight tolled July 4th, the capacity audience was asked to join in to sing the US national anthem.

Back on campus in July, Mahy and Crawford co-directed Oberlin's 15th annual Vocal Academy for High School students. Forty-four students from the US, Canada, and Greece participated.

In June 2001, Assistant Professor of Recorder Alison
, along with Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute and Associate Dean of Facilities Michael Lynn, played recorder, traverso flute, and piccolo as members of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, directed by Steven Stubbs and Paul O'Dette. They participated in performances of Lully's opera Thesee at Boston's Copley Theatre and at Tanglewood, as well as in two orchestral concerts featuring the music of Rameau and Clerambault, and a late-night festival performance with Tragicomedia.

At the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Norsk Musikksammling at the University of Oslo, Norway, Melville researched 18th-century Scottish and Norwegian repertoire for flute and continuo. An H.H. Powers Travel Grant from Oberlin made the research possible, and concerts and a recording of the rediscovered repertoire are in the works.

Melville coached and performed at Amherst Early Music at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in August 2001. She also completed two weeks of concerts and recording in Toronto with Tafelmusik, Canada's Baroque Orchestra. CBC Records will release a recording featuring suites from Rameau's Dardanus and Le Temple de la Gloire, performed with the orchestra.

Professor of Singing Richard Miller presented master classes and pedagogy courses throughout the US and Europe during the summer of 2001. He taught courses at the Conservatoire Superieure in Paris and the Belmont School of Music in Nashville, Tenn., in May, and at Concordia, Indiana, and Stetson Universities in June. Miller was director of the 13th annual Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy held at Oberlin in July and, in August, he taught a course at the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

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