IfCM Collective

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A Tribute to Björk: Concert and Workshop Series

November 10-11, 2017

Contact: Chris Teal, IfCM co-Director (509) 230-0688, info@ifcmusic.org

The Institute for Creative Music Collective will present two concerts and a workshop on November 10th and 11th featuring music from their new album, A Tribute to  Björk, released on October 27th (Outside In Music). The Institute for Creative Music was formed in Rochester in 2011 by two Eastman School of Music alumni, drummer Chris Teal and trombonist Nick Finzer, and has since toured throughout the United States presenting educational programming, original music, and jazz-influenced arrangements of contemporary artists including Prince, Radiohead, and Imagine Dragons. Now living and working in Northwest Arkansas and New York City, respectively, Teal and Finzer will return to upstate New York in November for performances at the Pausa Art House in Buffalo and Bop Shop Records in Rochester, joining pianist Nick Weiser, saxophonist Doug Stone, and bassist Kyle Vock. They will also present a three-hour creative music workshop at the Harley School in Rochester for students age 11-18 with an interest in improvisation and composition.

An award-winning composer, arranger, and trombonist, Nick Finzer released his recording debut as a bandleader with Exposition (Outside In Music) in 2013, receiving the prestigious American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)’s Herb Alpert Award. His 2015 album The Chase (Origin Records) was released to rave reviews and a feature article in Downbeat Magazine; it peaked at #6 on the JazzWeek Charts. Famed trombonist and mentor Wycliffe Gordon called Finzer “a new voice [in] the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making,” and Finzer can be found touring the globe not only with his own projects, but as part of YouTube sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox.

Chris Teal has presented workshops and performances throughout the United States, including the NYU Impact Conference and TEDxFlourCity. Raised in Spokane, WA, Teal now teaches drum set and popular music at the University of Arkansas. While living in Rochester from 2007 to 2016, Teal performed with the IfCM Collective, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, the John Nyerges Trio, and the Silver Arrow Band.

At 8pm on Friday, November 10th, the Institute for Creative Music Collective will perform at the Pausa Art House in Buffalo. The doors open at 6pm, and the cost is $7 per person for general admission and $5 per person for students with ID. Pausa Art House is located at 19 Wadsworth Street, and more information is available at http://www.pausaarthouse.com/index.html.

The IfCM Collective will also perform on Saturday, November 11th, at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Avenue in Rochester. The performance begins at 8pm, and tickets will be available at the door for $15 per person or $10 for students. For more information, see http://bopshop.com/event/institute-creative-music-present-bjork-project/.

The Jazz and Creative Music Making Workshop will be held from 3-6pm on Saturday, November 11th, at the Harley School, 1981 Clover Street in Rochester. Middle and high school students will learn skills for composing, improvising, and performing from professional musicians who have taught and played all over the United States and internationally. The cost is $50, and need-based scholarships are available from the Institute for Creative Music. Click here to register:



The IfCM Collective is a versatile group of performers/educators and serves as showcase ensemble for the Institute for Creative Music. Original songs and arrangements on the cutting edge--combining strong grooves and composition with avant garde improvisation.

The Collective is available for both concert appearances and in conjunction with workshop sessions. To book the collective please contact us at info@ifcmusic.org.

The IfCM Collective involves:

Nick Finzer - trombone                                                                                                            Mike Kaupa - trumpet Alexa Tarantino - saxophone                                                                                                   Chris Ziemba - piano   Mike Frederick - Guitar                                                                                                  Matthew Golombisky - bass   Danny Ziemann - bass                                                                                                                  Chris Teal - drums

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