Todd Marcus Quintet: Life in West Baltimore
Friday, December 9th
A 20-year resident and activist in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester and Upton neighborhoods, Todd Marcus has spent the past year writing new music portraying the challenges and strengths of his community, and the beauty of both. While much of the New Jersey native’s work has focused on his Egyptian heritage and incorporating Middle Eastern influences in his music, the bass clarinetist and composer drew particular inspiration from the death of fellow community-member Freddie Gray, seeking to translate the tension and unrest that followed into one of Baltimore’s oldest and proudest art forms: jazz. Marcus debuted the composition with a five-day East Coast tour in September and will further its development in performance at SCT.
Russell Kirk & The Path
Sunday, April 2nd
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, the composer and saxophonist Russell Kirk received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute. Following graduation he travelled with the USO, performing across several continents including Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.