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Improvising Across Idioms: Claudio Vega Ensemble and Jimmy Grant & Tim Kliphuis

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 12:00am
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 12:00am
UCSC Music Center

This two-day event brings together two small string ensembles working within the musical tradition of improvisation: jazz manouche duo Jimmy Grant and Tim Kliphuis; and son jarocho musicians Claudio Naranjo Vega and Dolores Garcia. 

After discussing and demonstrating their music in a recording session for the UC Santa Cruz music archives, making in-class appearances, and leading hands on clinics for students, the series culminates in a concert in which the invited artists present their individual music practices and negotiate their idiomatic differences in a collaborative performance. The clinics are open to UCSC students only and the concert is open to the public. Learn more about the artists here.

Improvising Across Idioms is organized by Ph.D. Candidate Nelsen Hutchison and Assistant Professor of Music Russell C. Rodríguez with grant funding from Porter College, the UCSC Music Department, and the UCSC Arts Research Institute.


Jazz Manouche Clinic with Jimmy Grant and Tim Kliphuis
Tue, Mar 14, 5:00 p.m.
Attend in person at the UCSC Music Center.
Free and open to UCSC students only.
Registration required here

Son Jarocho Clinic with Claudio Naranjo Vega and Dolores Garcia
Wed, Mar 15, 10:30 a.m.
Attend in person at the UCSC Music Center.
Free and open to UCSC students only.
Registration required here

Wed, Mar 15, 7:30 p.m.
Attend in person.
Music Center Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.
Please read and follow COVID-19 protocols as outlined here on the Arts website.


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