EMIT series 2017-18
For the past twenty-one 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.
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
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.
This 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. This program is supported by the Pinellas Community Foundation.