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Chancellor’s Residence Series Kicks Off a New Season With Cody Dear

April 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The 2015 Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series has kicked off with a recital with Ethnomusicology student group “Dear’s Crossing.”

The Dears Crossing performed a unique musical set consisting of all original compositions and arrangements. The trio featured Cody Dear on piano/saxophone, Nashir Janmohamed on bass, and David Laudicina on the drums. The group has been working on fusing their individualistic musical interests and styles in hopes of creating fresh and exciting new sounds for all listeners. For the concert repertoire they performed their instrumental medleys of Disney Classics (which includes songs such as You’ve Got A Friend In Me, When You Wish Upon A Star, and Do You Want To Build A Snowman), Joe Hisaishi soundtrack pieces from Hayao Miyazaki Films (including the themes to Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke), as well as a new original composition. Their goal with these medley arrangements is to piece together famous/familiar melodies and showcase the group’s interpretations of them; while the original compositions showcase their mixed interests of jazz, R&B, gospel, pop, and soul. The group as a whole hopes to not only innovate and explore the endless realm of the art of music, but to also be able to produce accessible music for everyone in the general public to enjoy!

Cody Dear at Pino, Nashir Janmohamed on bass, David Laudicina on drums.

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Janomohamed and Laudicina with Mrs. Carol Block, center.

Mrs. Block (front left) and audience enjoying Dear’s Crossing

A last look at Dear’s Crossing

Tags: Alumni · Ethnomusicologists · Ethnomusicology · Faculty · Performance · Performance · Performers · School of Music · Students · World Music

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