Escape for an hour into a whimsical world of French art song, theremin, storytelling & one woman's creative journey to connect the dots of the world around her.
Caroline Scruggs - Once upon a time, classically trained vocalist Caroline Scruggs ran away from the rigidity & stifling rules of the classical music world, determined to make exceptional, soul-moving music on her own terms. Since then, she has spent the past half decade cultivating a colorful life as a jazz singer, songwriter, & teacher. She has traveled the country with her music, taking part in creative projects & recording several albums.
In L’espace Des Etoiles (The Space Between the Stars), Scruggs revisits her classical roots for a single afternoon. Her mission: to meld musical worlds, connect the dots of life’s biggest questions, and find new ways to experience French art song... with the help of the fantastically haunting theremin.
Scruggs has a BM in Vocal Performance from Christopher Newport University. She sings with jazz bands 504 Supreme, the Truetone Honeys, and the Ghosts of Weimar. She also co-runs the American Train Collective, a songwriting organization that takes place on Amtrak trains. For more info and to get in touch, visit www.carolinescruggs.com
Alexandre Abdoulaev is a pianist, conductor, researcher, and band leader based in Baltimore. He has been studying piano in some capacity since 1985, and has been teaching piano, music theory, and music history professionally for over fifteen years.Alex studied both classical and jazz piano under such noteworthy teachers as Radoslav Kvapil, Teofils Bi?is, Thomas Mastroianni, Lewis Porter, and Joshua Rifkin. As a professional musician, Alex has experience in classical solo and chamber music, jazz piano, and musical theatre vocal coaching and conducting. Most recently, Alex was seen in Washington, D. C. with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" under the baton of Maestro Jeffry Newberger. Additionally, Alex is also the artistic director of two Maryland-area jazz bands: the swing septet "Soviet Space Dogs," and the jazz-cabaret quintet "Ghosts of Weimar." In 2014, Alex graduated with a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Boston University, where he completed his dissertation titled "Savoy: A Portrait of the World's Finest Ballroom, 1926-1958." Currently, Alex is a professor of music history at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he maintains a full schedule of teaching and research duties. His current research interests include the role of blues as a tool of social protest in modern society; development of film music; and a variety of ethnographic and musicological topics in 1940s jazz.
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door /$10 full-time students with ID