EMIT series 2019-20

For the past twenty-three years, over 450 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, Recording Arts Program with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater in Midtown and supporter of the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra.

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

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David Manson, Director


Reading Mueller
Friday & Saturday, July 26-27 starting at 6 PM
NOVA 535

Reading Mueller is a 24 hour performance of the Mueller Report with music, comedy and performers and plenty of surprises! The EMIT Trio performs on July 26 at 10 PM. For more info, see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-mueller-live-tickets-64723985182





recent events:

Oba Brazil!
with O Som Do Jazz with Andrea Moraes Manson & Jose Valentino Ruiz
Sunday, June 9 at 7 PM
First Unity Spiritual Campus
Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz with Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson, gives a special concert of samba, Bossa Nova & MPB with Latin GRAMMY nominee Jose Valentino Ruiz!  The program will features favorite compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Donato, Baden Powell, Carlos Lyra and more!

Admission is $20 only at the door. The First Unity Spiritual Campus is located at 460 46th Ave. North in St. Petersburg.  Call (727) 341-4363 for more information.







FREE Jazz in the Stacks with Helios Swingtet & Jamie Perlow
Tuesday, April 2 at 7 PM
West Community Library

EMIT and the Friends of the West Community Library present the 9-member Helios Swingtet with singer Jamie Perlow, in a free concert at the West Community Library located at St. Petersburg College on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 PM.

Enjoy a free concert of jazz standards in the library without shushing! The library is located at 6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.



EMIT-a-thon of Adventurous Music
with Mark Hosler & More!
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM
Side Door at the Palladium Theater

EMIT and the Palladium Theater are joining forces for the EMIT-a-thon, a scholarship benefit program of adventurous music for students in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College with special guests: Mark Hosler, Anoikis & Kersey/Stewart

Mark Hosler is a founding member of the California collage experimental group Negativland that introduced the concept of “culture jamming” to an unsuspecting public. Since 1980 Negativland have been creating records, video, visual artworks, radio, and live performance, using appropriated sound, image, and text. The group famously flouted music-biz norms and copyright law during its early days resulted in lawsuits for its U2 EP.

Mark takes a break from his Negativland duties to perform live and solo using a performance set-up built around various homemade one-of-a-kind electronic noise-making devices. Sometimes sounding like alien electronic insects fighting each other, the instruments create a non-linear dynamic “living” system of sound.

Mark Hosler at Churchill’s in Miami - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JwMxi_V3oM

Anoikis is a trio dedicated to choreographic dance and electroacoustic research based in North Wales, U.K.  Composer Andrew Leslie Hooker and choreographer/dancers Melissa Pasut and Rachel Sweeney are committed to performing radical new works that seek to explore the sense of rhizomatic shadow-space that exists between the accepted boundaries of traditional artistic practice and consumption. 

Transformation of a Shattered Mass by Anoikis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pfCGm3P_lM

Tom Kersey and Jim Stewart team up as an improvising duo. Tom Kersey is a composer/cellist and leader of the experimental group Kelp. Jim Stewart was drummer in the experimental quintet SHIM and world music group poOg. Together, they stretch the sonic spectrum and create wonderful soundscapes.

Jim Stewart & Derek Bailey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXrjJXNmqAY

Tom Kersey & Kelp - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9BmL_2FO4U

General admission is $15. The Side Door at the Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tickets can be purchased at www.mypalladium.org.

Diego Figueiredo & O Som Do Jazz
Thursday, January 18
8 PM

“One of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life”
–George Benson

Brazilian guitar master Diego Figueiredo performs a solo first set, then joins Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz for an evening of incredible music! This new concert program “From Classical to Jazz,” is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical music.
Figueiredo is a new star of the guitar world. At the age of 37, he has released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and played in more than 60 countries around the world. He is the winner of several major competitions including The Montreux Jazz Competition, and the VISA Prize. Figueiredo has a unique interpretation with tremendous technique and enormous emotion. He has recorded and performed with major artists including Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Toquinho, Belchior, Fafá de Belém, Angela Maria, Toninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Cyrille Aimée and many others.
O Som Do Jazz is a Brazilian jazz sextet featuring Rio de Janiero vocalist Andrea Moraes Manson with a crew of leading Latin jazz artists in Tampa Bay. The group specializes in Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB and Baião. O Som Do jazz recently performed on the Miami International Jazz Fest and has placed its original music in TV shows on HBO, Fox and BBC One. General admission is $25. The Side Door at the Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tickets can be purchased at www.mypalladium.org.



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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