October 12, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rising star bassist Ben Williams and his ensemble Sound Effect will perform live jazz on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are not required; doors will open at 7 p.m. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg.

Williams, who performs on electric bass and piano, incorporates R&B and hip-hop into his work. His musical influence is rooted in various genres of music including jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and classical.

This tour is funded through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's Jazz Touring Network program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The event is also sponsored, in part, by WVIA.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "Ben Williams is a true rising star in the world of contemporary jazz. Audiences may have seen him showcased as a distinguished sideman with Pat Metheny and Stefon Harris among others. He is an enormously talent young bass player who performs like a seasoned veteran."

Joining Williams on bass will be Gerald Clayton on piano/keys, John Davis on drums, Marcus Strickland on soprano and tenor saxophone, and Alex Wintz on guitar.

Williams, who was named the 2011 iTunes Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the jazz category, won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Competition which resulted in his debut album, State of Art. The album, which was released this summer, received a 4.5 Star Review in Downbeat magazine.

The group is embarking on a mid-Atlantic tour that includes 13 venues in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

The next event in the Weis Center's series is Rob Schwimmer on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby. The free performance will include a 90-minute set on the piano, theremin and Haken Continuum, covering original and other works.

Composer-pianist Schwimmer is one of the world's few professional theremin players. The theremin uses magnetic fields to play various tones and control volume, and is often used to make eerie sounds in sci-fi movies. His compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, documentaries and feature films.

Schwimmer has worked and played with Simon and Garfunkel, most recently at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show where he was the featured theremin soloist on "The Boxer."

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications
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