Naropa presents a five-movement choral concerto by founding music faculty member, artist, jazz drummer, and improvising percussionist Jerry Granelli, in collaboration with composer Peter-Anthony Togni with funding from the Canadian government.Boulder's Ars Nova Singers, one of the leading choral ensembles in the U.S., in its 28th season, will perform the piece. Anchored in Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's poetry, the work also draws from the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, the Roman Catholic liturgy, Da Pacem, and a speech Malcolm X gave in March 1964.
Benefit Concert for Naropa's School of the Arts
Jerry Granelli, drummer/composer/professor/sound painter, is a renowned Jazz percussionist and former member of the Vince Guaraldi Band. A pioneer of 1960’s psychedelic sounds, a sideman on a Top 5 pop it, and a session musician for Sly Stone, Granelli has recorded over 20 albums. A student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Jerry started the Creative Music Program at Naropa Institute in the mid-1970’s with percussionist Colin Walcott. Complete bio
Peter-Anthony Togni is a freelance composer and broadcaster based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His music is spiritually rooted and contemplative. It ranges from the ethereally quiet to the explosive outer limits of contemplation. Complete bio