Faculty Artist Series

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Featuring all original compositions, Jon Ailabouni, Luther College music faculty, will perform a trumpet recital with guest pianist James J. Kaufmann at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The performance includes original compositions by both performers. Ailabouni's compositions include "Super(hero) Song," "We Will Meet Again," and "Head Dive." Kaufmann's featured works include "Golberg Bossa," "Tsure Naki," "Love Dance."

Ailabouni graduated summa cum laude from Luther with a degree emphasizing classical trumpet performance. He received a Master of Music in jazz studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and later joined the WMU music faculty where he taught jazz brass lessons, directed the Jazz Lab Band and served as co-director of the Western Invitational Jazz Festival. Since then he has toured internationally in France, Puerto Rico and Brazil, and performed domestically in many festivals, conferences and clinics. He has also performed in concert with Kurt Elling and Fred Hersch among many others.

As a composer, Ailabouni's work includes three recent collaborations with Jane Hawley and Luther's Theatre/Dance Department: "Body of Water," "The Invitation Game" and "Who Do You Trust?"

He currently directs the Luther College Jazz Band and Luther jazz combo program, and teaches ethnomusicology, improvisation, jazz theory and arranging, jazz history, studio improvisations and trumpet lessons. He also performs with Luther's faculty brass quintet.

Kaufmann, dance accompanist at the State University of New York at Brockport, received a Bachelor of Arts in music at the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Music in jazz and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music. While working as a dance musician and instructor, Kaufmann directed and produced many projects, including a collaboration with composer Yuki Morimoto and choreographer Sondra Fraleigh.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.