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January 2018
John Beasley’s MONK’estra
Friday, January 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

For the 2018 Purdue Jazz Fest, it is an honor to celebrate jazz legend Thelonius Monk's centennial birthday and his undying influence on the form by welcoming John Beasley's MONK'estra. This group brings jazz full circle, translating Monk's work into the large ensemble format with fresh, buoyant arrangements.

Jiji, guitar
Friday, January 26, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

From tango to trance and everything in between, Jiji is an award-winning guitarist of adventurous tone and texture. Hailing from South Korea, Jiji's repertoire includes sonata staples of the classical canon and electronically tinged soundscapes from her own works as a performer and DJ.

February 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms

If Salvador Dali had ever made a heist movie, Troker would have provided the soundtrack with a style that careens between the sublime and dangerous. Troker burst onto Guadalajara's jazz scene in 2004 and hasn't looked back. Befitting their name—derived from a word for pickup trucks and trailers—Troker does not perform jazz for elevators.

wild Up: Future Folk
Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

New. Old. wild Up plays it...as long as they love it. In Future Folk, this Los Angeles musical collective blends traditional chamber music and the sounds of: the Velvet Underground, the Shaggs, post-war New York, ancient India,
and contemporary California.

Orlando Consort: Voices Appeared
Friday, February 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas

Condemned in France and banned in England upon its release in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc has since earned universal coronation as one of the greatest films ever made. Now, in Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music, this movie is accompanied for the first time by one of Europe's most expert vocal quartets, Britain's Orlando Consort.

March 2018
No Place to Go
Friday, March 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Carnahan Hall

In No Place to Go, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece group, has created a comedic new cabaret theatre gem that mines the anxieties of the middle-class workplace, bagel carry-ins and all.

The Outer Space
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Carnahan Hall

In The Outer Space, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece band, have created an all-new adventure in bittersweet, hilariously off-kilter storytelling in an out-of-this-world look at earthbound concerns.

April 2018
Songs of Freedom
Thursday, April 5, 2018 / 7:30 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Songs of Freedom explores three iconic voices of the 1960s—Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone—and the complex ways in which they call out to each other. Developed for Jazz at Lincoln Center by GRAMMY-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr—the performance will include powerful vocal performances by Alicia Olatuja, Joanna Majoko, and Theo Bleckmann.

Drew Petersen, piano
Friday, April 6, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse

As the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Awards Classical Fellowship, Petersen becomes the APA's latest rising star to perform at Purdue, joining such contemporaries as Sean Chen, Eric Zuber, and Sullivan Fortner. Petersen was featured on the PBS special From the Top at Carnegie Hall and since gone on to graduate from Harvard and received a master's degree from Juilliard.

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