EMIT series 2022-23

EMIT adjusted to the pandemic by funding musicians for a variety of activities including commissions, payment for performances in advance, educational videos and travel assistance for composers in residence. The 2022-23 season promises to be our most exciting season ever!

For the past twenty-six years, over 500 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.

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David Manson, Director

Helios Jazz Orchestra with Sonja Spence & Scotty Wright
November 15 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Side Door

The 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson, backs vocalists Sonja Spence and Scotty Wright in a big band show.

Jazz vocalist Scotty Wright is a veteran musician with over 40 years of experience. With a warm, rich-toned voice, tremendous range, and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. A multifaceted jazz artist, Scotty is a gifted singer, pianist, actor, teacher, and author who has traveled the world performing jazz in over 20 countries including China, Thailand, Japan, Dubai, and Jordan. Sonja Spence is a seasoned jazz vocalist with a warm, resonant voice well suited to traditional jazz standards and swing. Her singing and style are influenced by jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn.  For tickets, visit www.mypalladium.org .

Viscera Dimension
January 25 at 7:30 PM
Palladium Theater

EMIT is a sponsor of this special event.

For one evening, one point in time, one nexus of space, the convergence and opening of dimensions simultaneously — The Palladium is transformed into a place of sound and movement experimentation designed by new renaissance artist The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker and interdisciplinary artist Jinghong Zhang, alongside local Tampa Bay and Sarasota artists John C. O’Leary, III, Tihda Vongkoth, Melanie Lavender, and Kristopher James blending poetry and music.

This evening involves immersive performances of sound, poetry, and visuals. It incorporates one-of-a-kind musical instruments, the “Heaven and Earth” designed and played by Jinghong Zhang as well as “Black Moon Lilith” a double-sided non-resonant amplified zither designed by John C. L. Jansen and played by The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker. Elizabeth pairs her unique instrument with a veritable spaceship incorporating multiple computers and semi-modular analog synths. Jinghong pairs his instrument with movement and interactive technologies.

The power of language with collaborative influence as a thread in the sonic world takes stage with original poetry by Melanie Lavender and Kristopher James, alongside music by Yamaha Artist John C. O. Leary, III (piano/synth) of La Lucha and Tihda Vongkoth (percussion) of Modern Marimba. For tickets, visit www.mypalladium.org .



Nova Musica - New Works by David Manson with O Som Do Jazz
Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College
Free Admission

David Manson premieres his original Brazilian-inspired jazz compositions on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 PM in the Music Center. Joining him in this free concert is Brazilian music group O Som Do Jazz performing new works of samba, Bossa Nova and Baião.

Manson teaches jazz ensembles, composition, Pro Tools and low brass in the Music and MIRA programs at SPC. His music has been placed in TV shows on HBO, Fox, BBC, Showtime, AMC, ABC and CW networks. Manson is a recipient of the John Collins Arts Endowment, Individual Artist Grant through the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and a Pinellas Recovers Grant through Creative Pinellas and the National Endowment for the Arts. This free concert is made available through these grants, EMIT and St. Petersburg College.

Martin Bejerano Trio on the EMIT Latin Jazz Fest
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 PM
Music Center at St. Petersburg College

Award-winning pianist and composer Martin Bejerano leads a trio playing original music influenced by the his Cuban and American roots. The #CubanAmerican Suite, commissioned by Chamber Music America, will be performed at the SPC Music Center on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 PM. This concert is part of the EMIT Latin Jazz Fest and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

With extraordinary technical command of the piano, a highly modern harmonic and rhythmic concept, and a commitment to lyricism and musicality, Martin has continually garnered critical praise across the world. He has perfomed with the Christian McBride Band, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Ignacio Berroa, Lonnie Plaxico, Bryan Lynch, Adam Nussbaum, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, Mingus Big Band, Marcus Strickland, E.J. Strickland, John Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon and many others. Martin is lead piano professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Joining him is Edward Perez (bass) and Ludwig Alfonso (drums). Support for this concert also comes from EMIT, St. Petersburg College, Creative Pinellas and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admission is free for SPC faculty and students with an ID. General admission is $20 available from https://www.eventbrite.com/.../martin-bejerano-trio-on...

MJR Latin Project on the EMIT Latin Jazz Fest
Friday, October 7 at 7:30 PM
Bayboro Brewing

The second concert on the EMIT Latin Jazz Fest features Mauricio J Rodriguez, a well-known Cuban bass player and composer ,and his band with some of the finest musicians in the area: a Grammy winning saxophonist, Zach Bornheimer, pianist Pablo Arencibia; drummer Andy Fornet (of Orquesta Revé and Charanga Habanera, Cuba); and conguero and percussionist Sergio Gala. The venue is a recently constructed music venue at Bayboro Brewery located at 2390 5th Ave South in St. Petersburg. It's a great venue in the Arts Warehouse District with great craft beers and food. General admission is $20 available from Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/.../mjr-latin-project-emit...






The Latin Knights & O Som Do Jazz on the EMIT Latin Jazz Fest
Saturday, October 8 at 3 PM
Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement

FREE Concert! - The Latin Knights and Brazilian band O Som Do Jazz finish the Latin Jazz Fest with a free concert in the beautiful Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg.

Enjoy this gorgeous museum, have a cocktail from the concession and listen to great Latin jazz. This free concert is brought to you by EMIT, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Pinellas, the Florida Division of Arts and Culture, MAACM and the City of St. Petersburg.


Jaap Blonk on the EMIT series
Sunday, October 16 at 3 PM
Tully-Levine Gallery in the Arts Warehouse District

EMIT & the Warehouse Arts District present Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk performing one of the key works of the Dada movement, a poem existing of nothing but (mostly) meaningless syllables: the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters, a masterpiece, written between 1923 and 1932. Jaap is joined by improvisers Jim Stewart (drums), Tom Kersey (cello) and David Manson (trombone) in a freeform exploration of sound. Renowned Dutch vocalist and sound poet Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure.

“Blonk’s avant-garde performances channel the provocatively pioneering nonsense of Dadaism. His work is tremendously complex, but his brilliance makes it easy to think the opposite.” (San Francisco Weekly)

Admission is $15 available at https://www.eventbrite.com/.../jaap-blonk-on-the-emit...


past events:

O Som Do Jazz at St. Pete Pride
Sunday, June 26 at 11 AM

O Som Do Jazz is playing a free concert outdoors at the Zoie's Stage @ the MARket in Grand Central on Sunday, June 26 at 11 AM. It's part of St. Pete Pride and sponsored by Zoie's (a great new restaurant), the Mar and the nonprofit EMIT. The location is Central Ave. & 23rd St. 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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