Adams State guest performer nationally-known jazz musician

(04-08-2009)

The Adams State College Music Department presents guest artist, Ryan Janus, in recital at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Leon Recital Hall. Janus will perform works on saxophone and clarinet, with a special performance, "beatboxing" on the flute. Prior to the performance, he will teach a masterclass at 1:00 p.m. featuring several Adams State music majors.

Janus currently serves in the US Air Force Academy Band stationed in Colorado Springs, and as a member of this band has played in nearly all 50 states. He studied at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, receiving a Bachelor of Music in music performance and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and the University of South Florida in Tampa, earning a Masters in Music in jazz studies. For five years, he taught saxophone, jazz studies and music theory at Hope College. Janus was also a regular faculty member of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Aquinas College Jazz Camp. He has performed with many notables in the jazz and pop worlds, including Barry Manilow, Manhattan Transfer, NY Voices, Sammy Nestico, the Temptations, Bob Newhart, Randy Brecker, Martin Short and Phil Woods. He has played saxophone and clarinet with the Florida, Grand Rapids, Holland, and West Shore (Muskegon, MI) symphonies. He was featured as a concerto soloist and with his brother, award-winning percussionist Matthew Janus, at regional and international festivals and conventions. Most recently, Janus performed and recorded a concerto commissioned for him by Pulitzer laureate Lewis Spratlan with the Long Beach Symphony.

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for students and is free to AS&F and Friends of Music. For more information call 719-587-7621.

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