Frequency: Live at ‘The Studio’ tonight

Published 11:00 pm Monday, February 18, 2013

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Those who didn’t have an opportunity to see frequency in concert at studio 116 in Brundidge Feb. 7, will have a second chance tonight when frequency appears ‘Live at The Studio’ in downtown Troy.

The hour-long free concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the kind of cutting edge vocal jazz that audiences have come to expect from frequency… and with a few surprises, said Diane Orlofsky, frequency founder and artistic director.

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“I took a suggestion made to me by the ‘Godfather of vocal jazz,’ Frank DeMiero,” Orlofsky said. “I was chatting with him at the Jazz Educators Network Conference in January and he said that, in order to get kids to take musical risks and set them up for the kinds of improvisation that jazz requires, I should not hesitate to start from what they know.”

DeMiero suggested that Orlofsky give her kids a piece that they have a comfort level on and let them play around with stylizing.

“So, I did,” Orlofsky said. “And it was both helpful and fun. We are highlighting a few of these ‘adventures’ in folk and blues inspired interpretations at the concert.

“We have also been known as a strictly a cappella group but this year we added a small instrumental jazz combo. This allows me to program upbeat jazz tunes that are Latin-inspired, like our ‘Waters of March’ or mash-ups of standards and popular tunes like our ‘Singing in the Rain/Umbrella’ medley or reinventions of familiar tunes like our ‘Scarborough Fair.’

“We have a Beat-Boxer participating on a Paris Rutherford arrangement of The Beatles standard, ‘Come Together.’”

Orlofsky said the frequency concert tonight at The Studio features “a little something musically for everyone.”

The public is invited to “frequency: Live at The Studio” at 7 p.m. tonight. The concert is free so come and be well entertained.

The Studio is located on East Walnut Street in downtown Troy, across from the Johnson Center for the Arts.