EMIT series 2017-18

For the past twenty-two years, over 400 events involving new music, jazz, world music, interactive electronics, improvisation and interdisciplinary art forms that incorporate sound have been featured in the EMIT series.  EMIT (a registered nonprofit arts organization) brings adventurous music and educational activities to the Tampa Bay area.  EMIT is presenter of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and supporter of the18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra.

EMIT is a recipient of programming awards from from Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  It is supported by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, Gobioff Foundation, private donors and audience members.  

EMIT events:

EMIT presents a session with Gustavo Matamoros
Thursday, August 23 at 12:30 PM

St. Petersburg College (HS 116 on the Gibbs campus)

EMIT is pleased to present a free session by renowned composer/sound artist Gustavo Matamoros on Friday, August 23 from 12:30 - 1:30 at St. Petersburg College in HS 116. Gustavo will talk about his work and approaches to sound installations and performance art.

Gustavo Matamoros was born in Venezuela where he became interested in experimentation with short wave radios, tape recorders and listened to the progressive rock music of Egg and Gentle Giant. He directs the Subtropics New Music Festival and iSAW in Miami. His current art and curatorial projects include the Listening Gallery, Subtropics Biennial and Audiotheque. He is a member of Frozen Music—an ensemble with David Dunn and Rene Barge. He is also part of the ensemble PUNTO with Armando Rodriguez and Julio Roloff. Gustavo has also performed and collaborated with among others, Alison Knowles, Jan Williams, Russell Frehling, Robert Gregory, Charles Recher, Sam Ashley, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Davey Williams and Gino Robair.

He has received commissions from Adrianne Arsht Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Knight Foundation (Arts Challenge), Art in State Buildings (FIU School of Architecture), and Vizcaya Museum, and is the recipient of a Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Arts Fellowship and two of Venezuela’s national composition awards. Recent projects and sound installations have been exhibited at Miami Art Museum (now PAMM), Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, MoCA and Hollywood Art and Culture Center. Though his work is mostly created in Miami, he has performed, worked and lectured across the USA, as well as in Germany and Venezuela.

In his work, he experiments with sound, words and gates, plays the saw, and explores sound’s ability to contain and deliver information. In describing it, he writes, “For the past 34 years or so, (my) attitude toward the work has been such that the result of my experiments ultimately influences the way I live. What I’ve been trying to do as an artist who works with sound is instruct myself on how to listen better.”  This event is coordinated with the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida. HS 116 is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg. The HS building is mid-campus.

Nova musica with O Som Do Jazz
Saturday, August 11 at 8 PM

Supported by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz gives a free concert of original new works by composer David Manson. O Som Do Jazz is a 6-piece music group featuring Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. The group recently performed on the Miami International Jazz Fest. Admission is free. ARTS 46/4 is located at 460 46th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.





Magnetic Fields: Sonic Abstraction with Pamela Z, Renée Baker & Elizabeth Baker
Friday, July 28 at 2 - 7 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
In complement to Magnetic Fields: Expanding Abstraction 1960s to Today, which focuses on African American women’s approaches to abstract painting and sculpture, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is thrilled to be working with composer Elizabeth A. Baker to present an afternoon of abstract sonic experiences by African American women musicians and performers. In addition to Baker, we will host Chicago-based Renée Baker, and San Francisco-based Pamela Z. Each composer will perform at the MFA, and will participate in a panel discussion.

Taken together, this will be an important celebration of abstraction in multiple forms, and will allow for a multi-generational discussion between African American women practicing in avant-garde composition. EMIT is a supporting sponsor of the performance of the ensemble work by Renée Baker, which is performed from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. For more info, see http://mfastpete.org/event/magnetic-fields-sonic-abstraction/

Past events:

21st Century iClass Sessions
Campbell Park Elementary
Fairmount Park Elementary
July 10
EMIT sponsors two jazz sessions with Kevin Wilder, Sonja Spence, Alejandro Arenas and David Manson at Campbell Park and Fairmount Park elementary schools.









Diego Figueiredo
Friday, June 15 at 8 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

“Diego Figueiredo is one of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life. The world needs to listen to his music”. – George Benson

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is an extraordinary fast-rising star in the jazz world. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names on the scene today. At age 36, he has already released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and has played in more than 60 countries around the world. A brilliant musician, Figueiredo keeps the traditional essence of Brazilian music, and at the same time is extremely virtuosic, modern and innovative. His concerts unite technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz.
Join us for an intimate evening of jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova, chorinho and more with Figueiredo playing solo acoustic guitar, and a cameo appearance by Brazilian vocalist, Andrea Moraes Manson. Tickets available at www.mypalladium.org .

Helios Jazz Orchestra & Jamie Perlow
Tuesday, May 22
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

Jamie Perlow joins the Helios Jazz Orchestra as guest singer in a special program of big band favorites. Perlow is an extraordinary area singer and songwriter with radio and television credits. Her expressive style, full voice and flawless intonation set her apart. Selections include “Here’s To Life,” “Orange Colored Sky,” “Too Close for Comfort” and many more! The 18-piece big band Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Manson, is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the area.



Free Workshop with Chiara Izzi & Diego Figueiredo
Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 PM
St. Petersburg College










St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 21 - 25
see www.stpetejazzfest.com



Badi Assad
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 PM

“Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance!" - L.A. Times

Brazil’s Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented artists of all times. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization

Enjoy a solo performance with Badi Assad in the intimate setting of Studio@620!   Admission is $20, only available at the door on January 2nd. The Studio@620 is located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Whim Ensemble with Preston Beebe, Ofer Pelz & Elizabeth Baker
Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM

Music Center at SPC

This free concert of new music by young composers, is presented by EMIT, the New Music Conflagration & the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.

On the verge of composed and improvised music, Whim (Ofer Pelz, prepared piano & Preston Beebe, percussion) creates percussive landscapes by inventing instrument modifications and techniques to build an unusually rich sound world. The ensemble has performed and broadcasted in Canada, US, France, and Israel.

From free jazz to contemporary experimental music, Whim is a genre bending ensemble. Their experience as composers and improvisers are fused into an ensemble that seeks to spark imagination and curiosity. Elizabeth Baker also joins the group for spirited music making. The Music Center at St. Petersburg College is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.


Ongoing Recording Arts Program (RAP) with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater

Through the support of the Pinellas Community Foundation, RAP is a educational collaboration with EMIT, the Boys & Girls Club and the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.  Pro Tools is the industry standard for professional recording.

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