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YSU grad student's work will be featured at jazz concert

Anthony Taddeo’s music is based on Italian folk songs he discovered while a student in a graduate course in the YSU Dana School of Music.

YOUNGSTOWN — Jazz compositions and arrangements by Youngstown State University graduate student Anthony Taddeo  will be performed 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Spotlight Theater in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus.

The performance is free. Parking is available in the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck for a fee.

Taddeo’s music is based on Italian folk songs he discovered while a student in a graduate course in the YSU Dana School of Music. The songs were originally recorded by Smithsonian Folkways researcher Alan Lomax in various regions of Italy.

Taddeo, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Music in Jazz Studies, re-composed and arranged the songs into modern jazz compositions. 

The music will be performed by two Jazz Sextets led by Chris Capizzi. Students in the group are Ethan Barnard, trumpet; Garrett Kuchmaner, saxophone; Lucas Ciesielski, saxophone; Andrew Karkosiak, guitar; Sean Williams, bass; and Owen Davis, drums.

The second sextet is called The Anthony Taddeo Project, and features: Darren Thompson, trumpet; Dan Slenscak, saxophone; Dan Mihelarakis, guitar; Brendan Gage, piano; Ian Kinnaman, bass; and Anthony Taddeo, drums.

For information, call the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307.