An unreleased version of Drunken Raccoon
The complete Purple ego is on Spotify and other streaming sites.
About the musicians:
Our Founding Director Jorge Variego (clarinets, saxophone and compositions) was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and is currently on the Music Theory and Composition faculty at the University of Tennessee and is the composition program coordinator at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Jorge has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created and performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe and South America. His music can be heard on Naxos, Albany, Parma Records, Centaur, CMMAS, and others.
Among his research endeavors, his book Composing with Constraints will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Jorge is also the founder director of the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble, a student group dedicated to free improvisation with electronic media.
Keith Brown (drums) is a Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee where he teaches applied drum set and is the Director of Jazz Bands and coordinator of small jazz ensembles.
He is an active performer playing regularly with several groups including the trio Boling, Brown, & Holloway, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra where he has performed with (among others) Monty Alexander, Mulgrew Miller, Hank Jones, John Clayton, Maceo Parker, Wycliffe Gordon, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Terrel Stafford, Conrad Herwig, Dan Trudell, Stefon Harris, Karrin Allyson, Gregory Porter, Ingrid Jensen, John Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Eric Reed, James Morrison, and Warren Wolf. He is currently a Meinl cymbal and Innovative Percussion endorser.
Jon Hamar (double bass) is a versatile artist whose ability to find a tasteful, unique voice in any musical situation has made him a staple in the music scene.
Hamar’s friendly nature, sense of humor and work ethic has kept him busy as a freelance bassist in multiple performance genres.
In 2012 Jon joined the faculty at the Centrum Jazz Workshop under the Artistic Direction of John Clayton. While living in Seattle Jon taught at Central Washington University, Northwest University and Edmonds Community College as well as maintaining a private studio. In Fall of 2015 Hamar joined the faculty of Natalie Haslam School of Music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. http://www.jonhamar.com/