Jazz professor celebrates latest CD release with concert

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Shadow Forms Trio

KALAMAZOO—The Shadow Forms Trio, whose lineup includes the Western Michigan University School of Music’s Andrew Rathbun, assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies, will celebrate the release of its latest CD, "Shadow Forms II," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall. They will also present a master class at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in 1130 Dalton Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Shadow Forms Trio

Andrew Rathbun, saxophones and bass clarinet; Scott Lee, bass; and Jeff Hirshfield, drums, first collaborated on the 2006 album "Shadow Forms." They reunited last year to create a new album that continues to explore jazz compositions without a chordal instrument, such as a piano or guitar. The trio utilizes extended techniques, varied woodwind instruments, and the subtle and tasteful use of electronics to avoid textural monotony and keep their sound new and exciting.

The trio will be touring in support of the album, with additional concerts in New York City, Ann Arbor, and Chicago. "Shadow Forms II" is available for purchase on iTunes, and CDs will be sold at the Sept. 12 concert for $15.

For more information, visit andrewrathbun.com.