February 14, 2011
National Recording Artist and Lake Erie College Artist-in-Residence to Present Free Jazz Concert
(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Fresh from finishing his 51st album, Lake Erie College proudly presents pianist Joe Augustine on Saturday, March 26th at 7 pm in Morley Music Building. Augustine was named Artist-In-Residence for Lake Erie College earlier this academic year, and looks forward to sharing his skill with the college and community.
Augustine was named an exceptional pianist to the well-known piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons and added to their worldwide artist roster, which is a life-long honor. This roster includes other famous artists such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Harry Connick Jr., Vladimir Ashkenazy, Diana Krall, Billy Joel and Roger Williams.
While Augustine is a pianist, his performances are well known for being a unique and everchanging presentation. His music encompasses many parts of the artistic qualities of music, and along with Glen Schaft, his drummer, and Dave Morgan, on bass, they create music that communicates feelings to the audience. This "emotion in motion" is formed by the three artists playing unselfishly and portraying their current feelings through rhythm and sound.
Audience members will participate in an engaging experience as the energy of the show can best be described as the trio's "Groove Attitude". Augustine added that every performance is unique because he and his trio adjusts the flow of the music to the vibe and tempo that best suites the audience and event as a whole.
Augustine began playing the piano at age 15 while he recovered from a serious injury he suffered playing football. As he walked the school halls in his restrictive back brace, he heard a piano playing in another room, and wandered in. After the man playing the piano in the room was done, Augustine attempted to play what he just heard and found that he had the natural ability to play. The man in the room was stunned, and got Augustine immediately enrolled in classes to explore his skill. Augustine soon found himself thinking about music constantly, and developed a passion for smooth jazz tunes. Augustine became so driven by his music that he played professionally six nights a week while earning his degree from Youngstown State University, and eventually went on to earn his masters degree while playing in New York.
Augustine's music can be heard across the country on jazz radio stations, and has even had some of his music played ahead of 26-time Grammy winner, Quincy Jones. After more than 30 years at the keyboard, Augustine is a master at creating meticulous, distinctive arrangements so that his listeners hear the music in exciting new ways. “I've spent my life applying a positive, creative energy to everything I play.” he says.
Through his residency and performances, Augustine wishes to provide a gift to the community and to bridge generations by exposing the youth to his genre of accessible jazz, which is less popular among young adults.
The event is free and open to the community. As seating is limited, an RSVP is requested to PR@lec.edu or 440-375-7230.