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Guest Artist: Reverso Ensemble

This event will occur in Kimbrough Concert Hall.
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About the event


Continuing a century of mutual inspirations between two expansive and overlapping musical worlds, Reverso traces the intersection of jazz and classical music back to Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and their contemporaries. Featuring French collaborators Frank West (piano) and Vincent Courtois (cello), Reverso blends “pulsating motifs, long painterly lines, open fields and pointillist statements into a fascinating whole” (Jazz Times).

This trans-oceanic chamber jazz ensemble, led by trombonist Ryan Keberle, presents original chamber jazz that bridges the divide between these two musical styles.

The ensemble’s original compositions prove that jazz and “classical” music have become even more intertwined since they began to intersect and mutually inspire Ravel and his contemporaries such as Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud more than 100 years ago.

Reverso’s repertoire features original compositions by all three members of the ensemble recently recorded on their latest album, Harmonic Alchemy, inspired by the music of Gabriel Faure. Past inspiration for Reverso has from Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” a suite for solo piano, and from the music of Les Six, a group of early 20th-century French composers whose members included Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honneger and Germaine Tailleferre, the sole female member of the group.

Allegro is an umbrella Registered Student Organization that represents all music student organizations at Washington State University. Allegro aims to excite and inspire through music by partnering with student organizations to provide funding for world-renowned guest artists to perform and work one-on-one with students on the Pullman campus. Allegro receives generous funding from the Associated Students of Washington State University.