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Loyola music professor and jazz pianist presents eclectic concert

March 27, 2009

IMAGE: Sanford Hinderlie

Brilliant jazz pianist and Loyola University New Orleans music professor Sanford Hinderlie will perform a concert featuring selections from his recording, “Hinderlie Plays Hinderlie,” and other jazz standards on Sunday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Performing alongside Hinderlie will be recent New Orleans Center for Creative Art graduate and bassist Martin Masakowski. Also featured on stage will be sculptures by Loyola visual arts professor Mark Grote. Hinderlie and Masakowski will perform a spontaneous musical interpretation of the sculptures as part of the program.

Hinderlie, a professor of music in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, has performed concerts throughout the U.S. and abroad including the Far East, the former Soviet Union, Armenia, the Middle East and Europe.

As a composer and performer, his compositions have been heard throughout the U.S. He has also composed for television, radio and film, including for the feature-length movie “Cut Up” and AAA travel videos. Locally, he composed the music for past New Orleans Big Easy Awards programs and performs frequently as a jazz and commercial pianist. His latest recording, “Hinderlie Plays Hinderlie,” features all original compositions, and an earlier CD, “Solo Flight,” includes several jazz standards.

He is the president of STR Digital Records, a record label specializing in New Orleans-based musicians.

Masakowski’s first experience in music was playing drums for his eighth grade school band. At age 14, he switched to bass and began his studies at NOCCA, where he studied with Michael Pellera, Chris Severin, Jason Marsalis and Alvin Batiste. While at NOCCA, Masakowski was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz High School Program and has performed with top New Orleans musicians including Johnny Vidacovich, Herlin Riley, Terence Blanchard, Don Vappie, Peter Martin, Evan Christopher, Jonathan Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Hector Gallardo and Irvin Mayfield. He has played festivals in New Orleans, Utah and France, and most recently in Kobe, Japan. Masakowski is currently a freshman in the jazz studies program at the University of New Orleans.

As an artist, Grote’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has been placed among many public and private collections, including the K & B Collections; Virlane Foundation; Pan American Life Insurance Company, all in New Orleans; Museum of Art, Alexandria, La.; West Texas Museum, Beaumont, Texas; Museum of Art, Jackson, Miss.; Dayton Museum of Art, Dayton, Ohio; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Ala.; Meadows Museum, Shreveport, La.; and the Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La. He also exhibited his work at the Gallerie Christian Siret in Paris; and the Gasworks Gallery; and the Sculpture House Gallery, both in London.

Grote has received the Pollock/Krasner Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and has completed residencies at the Bemis Center for Fine Art, Omaha, Neb.; the Gasworks Artist Residency, London; the Richard Attenborough Center, Leicester, England; and the Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Residency, Santa Fe, N.M.

For more information about the event, contact Hinderlie at hinder@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2773.

IMAGE: Mark Grote

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