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Performing Artists Concert Series: New Energy Jazz Orchestra + RPG

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
Ingle Auditorium, RIT

New Energy Jazz Orchestra + RPG
A fusion of traditional jazz instrumentation & live electronic music

RIT’s College of Liberal Arts Performing Arts Program is pleased to announce the return of the New Energy Jazz Orchestra to Ingle Auditorium on Friday, September 14.

The New Energy Jazz Orchestra was started by noted jazz performers, composers, and RIT faculty Carl Atkins and Jonathan Kruger in the spring of 2006.

Its legacy dates back to the popular 13-piece band, Sheer Energy, formed by Atkins in 1984, with several of the players from that group (including Kruger) being a part of this new ensemble.

The purpose of this venture was to establish a Rochester-based ensemble to perform new compositions for jazz orchestra, as well as to perform "classic" repertory by international jazz composers and performers, from both the past and the present.

The personnel of the orchestra is comprised primarily of Rochester-based jazz musicians.

This concert will be a unique collaborative performance by the New Energy Jazz Orchestra and artist & RIT faculty member Ryan Gaynor (RPG). Witness an exciting cross-collaboration between traditional jazz music and instrumentation with live downtempo/ambient/“trip-hop”-style electronic music performed in real-time by RPG.

RPG has been passionate about trance and progressive music for the past 10 years or so. He's guest DJed at clubs in the Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY areas, and teaches an Electronic Music Production course at RIT. He has run a mix show on iTunes called The Trance Journey Podcast since 2007. He's also working on original productions and hopes to release this material soon. For more info, please visit:

This event marks the start of an exciting year of new performances for RIT's Performing Artists Concert Series.

Tickets are $5 for students, $15 for RIT faculty/staff/alumni, and $20 for the general public. They may be purchased at the door, in advance from the University Arenas Box Office (585-475-4121) or online at All seating is unreserved.

Ingle Auditorium is in the RIT Student Alumni Union (SAU). For more information on the concert series, please visit

There will be an after concert reception in the Fireside Lounge adjacent to the auditorium.

Questions? Please contact