March 20, 2007

Jim Balagurchik

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Jim Balagurchik Trio will perform Tuesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free to the public, is part of the university’s ongoing Gallery Series of performance and experimental music, sponsored by the department of music and the Kushell Music Endowment.

The concert – featuring Balagurchik on piano, Joe Michaels on bass, and Phil Haynes on drums – is in celebration of Balagurchik's recently released album, "Free at Last."

"Free at Last" is a collection of original instrumental compositions featuring a blend of jazz, gospel, blues and Latin with musicians including William Galison, harmonica; Adam Rafferty, guitar; Cameron Brown, bass; Sam Allen, drums; Jamey Haddad, percussion; and Brian Charette, organ. For more information or to hear music samples, see

In addition to his new CD, Balagurchik recently wrote and performed the music for an Arts and Entertainment channel interview with Woody Allen that was shown on Breakfast With the Arts.

A 1997 graduate of Bucknell, Balagurchik is a jazz pianist working in New York. He has performed long-term (several years each) at both the jazz club Cameos and the Hotel Katano.

A faculty member of "Ovation," an after-school program bringing music to young students in the schools in Westchester County, N.Y., Balagurchik visits the Bucknell campus to work with music students on jazz for a week each semester.

There also will be a free open rehearsal Tuesday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall.

Posted March 20, 2007