Press release from UNC Asheville:
In one of this year’s more unique shows at the White Horse Black Mountain, Dr. Bill Bares and his eight-member UNC-Asheville ECM Ensemble will perform world music of Europe’s most important jazz label (ECM Records) in an intimate concert on Wednesday night, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event and $6 for students. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 or go to www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.
Top artists such as Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Keith Jarret and Don Cherry have all recorded for ECM Records, which has also been instrumental in featuring artists with a wide diversity of musical traditions including different countries and cultures. Dr. Bares, who plays keyboards in the group, has created an ensemble of talented students from UNC-Asheville, which plays the breadth of the label’s stylistically-diverse catalogue.
The music blends traditional jazz ensemble with unconventional forms, instruments and grooves. Joining Dr. Bares in the band are Ray Damron (trumpet), Ian Boyer (reeds), Matthew Mannin (guitar), Clayton Gibb (guitar), Ben Mercer (bass), Chris Simmons (drums) and Annie Jo Buchanan (guest vocal).
White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks and snacks.