BHS at MSU
- Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
- Howard Hall - view map
BHS at MSU features past and present Bozeman High School students, including current MSU music faculty and students. All proceeds benefit BHS musicians who continue to study music at Montana State University. This is the third annual concert, and will feature saxaphonist Ryan Matzinger, cellist Julia Slovarp, Rebecca Anderson, winner of the 2013 MSU concerto competition, and many more.
Appearing and performing as "Ryan Montana," a singer-songwriter, jazz saxophonist, recording artist, internationally touring musician, teacher, producer and studio engineer, Ryan was born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Bozeman and has been living and recording in Southern California for the last 11 years. Through journeys with industry stars, and studies with music legends, Ryan has developed as a contemporary indie artist belonging to the growing community of studied, genre melding, multi-faceted performers that are taking music back to its collective roots while exploring and researching the art form of Jazz and its connection to the cultural history and sociological condition of America. As one of the last remaining members of the iconic rock group Ike Turner and The Kings of Rhythm, he was on the Grammy Award winning 2007 ablum, Risin' With the Blues.
He moved to San Diego in 2000 to serve as the Artist Community Director for MP3.com after studying Jazz Performance and African History at The Hartt School under Jackie McLean, Nat Reeves(bass) and Steve Davis(trombone); and then studied Music Performance and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University under saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins and Paul Jeffrey. Ryan has since been an active teacher, studio musician and live performer world-wide as the alto saxophonist and horn section leader for the late Ike Turner, and remains and active member of the historically iconic band "The Kings of Rhythm," credited with recording and producing the very first Rock and Roll song every "Rocket 88," in 1951.
While at Duke, he lead and arranged music for the Concert Jazz Ensemble, and has also appeared and taught at numerous international festivals and workshops including The Stanford Jazz Workshop, The North Carolina International Jazz Festival, Jazz Montana and Hatch Festivals, Aspen Jazz /Snowmass Festival sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute, Acqui Terme Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, Kansas City Barbeque and Blues Festival, Bordeux 24 Hours of Music Festival, Alicante Jazz Festival, Rauma Blues Festival, Santa Blues Festival, Gexto Jazz Festival, the Conservatory of Monaco, Trasimeno Blues Festival, The Legendary Blues Cruise and many more. He has appeared on multiple recording projects as a sideman, co-writer and producer/engineer, and has recorded several albums as a leader on SOTA Records. "A Dance Called Life," was produced by the famed Big Mountain founder, Quino McWhinney; and was mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman. Ryan Montana and The Ten O'clock Scholars release "Electric Picture Show," garnered national attention and charted on several mid-major independent radio stations internationally.
He was awarded with "Jazz Artist of the Year" honors in the 2004 Los Angeles Music Awards. His latest studio time and production work has been with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Earl Thomas which recorded and broadcast a live show from London on BBC radio, and with a new artist collective called "JAAMA," which features Senegalese artists and the likes of Tanmoy Bose'Pandit Ravi Shankar's Tabla player; and Paul Smith who toured and recorded with Natalie Cole and Bill Withers. Ryan is currently pursuing and continuing his performing, teaching and recording career while researching and studying jazz saxophone and African-American history and developing a series of saxophone method books at Montana State University.
Dr. Julia Cory Slovarp is Assistant Teaching Professor of Cello at Montana State University, Bozeman. She is the principal cellist of the Intermountain Opera Company, Montana Ballet Company, Big Sky Classical Music Festival Orchestra, and Assistant Principal of the Bozeman Symphony. Dr. Cory Slovarp holds degrees from Indiana University (Bachelor and Masters) and the University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts), and has completed Suzuki and Mark O'Conner Teacher Training. She is the Artistic Director of Noon Notes at the Library (a chamber music series under the auspices of the Montana Chamber Music Society), Director of the annual MSU Cello Festival, Director of Strings at Flathead Lake Music Camp, and Director of the summer chamber program Mountains and Minds at MSU. She has served as faculty for the Longhorn and Red Lodge Music Camps, and performed with the Columbus, Laredo, Round Rock, Temple, Terre Haute, and Waco Symphonies, and the String Orchestra of the Rockies. She is an active member of ASTA, NAfME, and the Suzuki Association. Dr. Cory Slovarp frequently performs chamber music, collaborates with dancers and painters, has worked with groups such as Cirque du Soleil and Willie Nelson, and in 2013 led the MSU Cello Ensemble on a concert tour of Spain and Morocco. Her principal teachers were Emilio Colón, Ilse-Mari Lee, Bion Tsang, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
MSU Cello Ensemble performs in Spain and Morocco:
- College of Arts and Architecture