October 18, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Vardan Ovsepian Trio will perform in concert Thursday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The jazz concert, which is free to the public, features pianist Vardan Ovsepian; bassist Joshua Davis; and percussionist Mark Ferber.

Blue Note recording artist Brad Mehldau recently noted, "… once a year or so, I hear someone new and I think, 'This person will have a life in music that will affect other musicians and touch a lot of people.' I've heard several pianists on recordings that I really dig lately, ones who are for now as of yet off the radar. There's a pianist out of Boston who made a beautiful record called 'Sketch Book.' His name is Vardan Ovsepian."

Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer who studied at the Helsinki Jazz Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. Since graduating from Berklee in 2000, He has taught at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, Mass. He also has been performing solo, and participated in various ensembles with artists such as George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, and Tim Miller.

Ovsepian has released three CDs for the Barcelona-based Fresh Sound–New Talent label including "Abandoned Wheel" (solo piano), "Sketch Book" (quartet with special guest Mick Goodrick), and "Akunc" (quartet with cellist Agnieszka Dziubak). For more information or to hear music samples, visit http://vardanovsepian.com/

Joshua Davis, director of jazz studies at Susquehanna University, also has served as the director of jazz studies at Towson University and on the faculties of the Berklee College of Music and the University of Maine at Augusta. He holds his degrees from the University of New Hampshire, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

As a noted bassist and composer, the recording "Squashua" features Davis' arrangements for Take Toriyama, Tim Miller, and Vardan Ovsepian interpreting Romantic Era symphonies and the music of Sting. Other collaborations include the ensemble VOCE and recent CD releases with guitarist Tim Miller's Trio and Vardan Ovsepian's "Akunc." For more information, visit http://www.joshuadavis.org/

Mark Ferber, who serves as a faculty member for City College of New York and The New School of Improvisational Music, graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles, where he earned his B.A. in geography and concurrently studied classical percussion with Mitchell Peters and drum-set with Billy Higgins. In Los Angeles, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Anthony Wilson, Billy Childs, and Bud Shank & the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, which was awarded the best jazz group of LA in the July 2002 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

Ferber's New York performance credits include Don Byron, Lee Konitz, Norah Jones, Fred Hersch, Larry Goldings, and Ralph Alessi. He has recorded extensively as a sideman for Fresh Sound/New Talent, Steeplechase, Omnitone, Sirocco and Soul Note. He has taught at the Tavira Jazz Workshop in Portugal, the Kansas University Jazz Workshop in Lawrence, and the Maine Jazz Camp.

This concert is a joint presentation by the music departments of Bucknell and Susquehanna universities, and is produced by Bucknell University Jazz Artist-in-Residence Phil Haynes.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 18, 2007