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TAKE TWO Jazz Duet Series

Monday March 3rd 2014 7:30pm       


Tickets: $12   ($6 for students)

Since opening its doors five years ago the White Horse Black Mountain has given jazz a prominent place in its eclectic music offerings. This month we present Dr Bill Bares on piano and Jason Decristofaro on vibraphone.

Dr. William Bares holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Other research interests include jazz and race, and music and environmental issues. Before coming to UNC Asheville, Bares taught at several Boston-based schools, including Harvard University, Brown University, Suffolk University, the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
After years of additional study and gigging in major jazz centers, Bares and family landed in Asheville, where he and his wife both teach at UNCA. In addition to his teaching, Bares keeps up a busy and varied performance schedule with jazz ensembles of myriad configurations and styles.


Jason DeCristofaro is a multi-faceted educator, performer, composer and writer. In addition to teaching at Joyful Noise, he is also faculty at Brevard College, where he teaches music theory, jazz history, world music, and ear training, and Brevard High School where he is the percussion instructor and director of the BHS percussion ensemble. An accomplished jazz vibraphonist, he was the recipient and winner of the 2011 PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international competition for jazz vibraphonists. He also frequently performs as a percussionist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, Carolina Concert Choir and Hendersonville Chorale, director of and is the founder and host of the Asheville Composers Concert and WNCPE (Western North Carolina Percussion Ensemble). He is also artistic director of the Brio Concert Series. A published composer with C. Alan Publications (Greensboro, NC), Jason has written several concert works for a variety of solo and chamber settings. His works have been performed by Asheville Ballet, The Symphony of the Mountains, Asheville Original Music Series, and Joe Lulloff. Jason has presented at Black Mountain College Museum and the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, and is a writer for CVNC (Classical Voice of North Carolina). He holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from Brevard College and a Masters of Music Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


The "Take Two" Concert Series at White Horse focuses on duets featuring pianist Bill Bares and a rotating cast of the FIRST CLASS regional musicians on their respective instruments. Concerts in the series will take place on the first Monday of each month at 7:30pm. You'll hear a wide variety of unique and amazing music so be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts in the series.
  • Mar 3 Bill Bares (piano / Jason DeCristofaro (vibraphone)
  • Apr 7 Bill Bares (piano / Rockell Scott (vocals)
  • May 5 Bill Bares (piano / Michael Jefry Stevens (piano)
  • Jun 2 Bill Bares (piano / Jonathan Scales (steel drums)
  • July 7 Bill Bares (piano / Billy Cardine (dobro)
  • Aug 4 Bill Bares (pianos / Andy Page (bass)
  • Sept 1 Bill Bares (piano / tba
  • Oct 6 Bill Bares (piano / tba
  • Nov 3 Bill Bares (piano / Lyndsay Pruett (violin)
  • Dec 1 Bill Bares (pianos / tba
From Dr Bill Bares:
First of all, I love the sound and feel of their piano. Second, I felt that a series that puts WNC's A-list jazz musicians out front, alone, with just piano accompaniment, would spotlight their individual artistry in a valuable way. We plan on recording performances and releasing them as a series patterned after Concord's "Live at Maybeck" piano series.
Last, I thought that holding such a series on a Monday at 7:30 would make it noncompetitive with other jazz offerings in the area. That time slot sends the message: "it's all about the music," which I am confident you will find phenomenal. For the roster I have selected area musicians (one different instrument each month) with substantial fan base, individuality and with whom I have a good rapport. I am looking forward to widening this circle in subsequent years.