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Birth of a Band

Have you ever wondered about the machinations involved in assembling a band?  What are the circumstances that bring a particular group of musicians together?  How are decisions made with regard to repertoire and the group’s aesthetic vision?  On Thursday, September 25th the CSI Stage Door series invites you to witness the “birth of a band” as five musicians convene for the first time to discuss, rehearse and perform on the stage of the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium.  The audience will be able to watch the creative process in action as Ryan Nielsen (trumpet), Brent Jensen (saxophone), Justin Nielsen (piano), Aaron Miller (bass) and Scott Farkas (percussion) rehearse and perform original compositions.  The quintet will invite those in attendance to participate in an open discussion of the music and ask for help with naming the band.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be present at the inception of a collaborative quintet that combines the talents of music faculty members from CSI (Farkas, Jensen), BYU-Idaho (R. Nielsen, Miller) and the Fresco Academy (J. Nielsen).

7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID

CSI Stage Door 2014 2015 Season

This season pass includes tickets for all of the CSI Stage Door Series performances - Birth of a Band, Something for Everyone, Boise Film Underground, Howling in the Wind, Snakes & Snails, Tweaked, Co-Laborringing, and Moon in a Mason Jar
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CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID

2014 2015 Arts on Tour Season Ticket

Arts on Tour 2015 2015 Season Ticket

This package includes tickets for all six of the Arts on Tour 2014-2015 performances - The Hot Sardines, Creole Choir of Cuba, Grupo Fantasma, Brian Sanders' JUNK, Masters of Soul, and Metales M5 Mexican Brass.  (Please note that the Shaolin Warriors tour has been cancelled and is no longer a part of the season.  Prices have been lowered to reflect this change)

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CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID
Tickets go on sale on 08/11/2014 at 5:00 am MST

The Hot Sardines

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a salty stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines.  The Sardine sound – hot jazz from Prohibition-Era Bourbon Street to the cabarets of Paris  – is the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (Literally – the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay resolutely in step with the current age. Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, the Hot Sardines’ vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences. Vanity Fair applauds their “unique repertoire, and a sound and style that are distinctly their own,” and Forbes Magazine calls them “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today.”   

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7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID
Tickets go on sale on 08/25/2014 at 5:00 am MST

Something for Everyone

Back by popular demand, the Miller-Bangerter Piano Duo featuring CSI Professor Sue Miller and local pianist Allison Bangerter returns  with an exciting program sampling a variety of musical styles – including Classical, Pop, and Jazz.  Visit some familiar classical favorites like Rachmaninoff’s "18th Variation on a Theme by Paganini" made popular by the movie Somewhere in Time and the haunting "Prelude in C-Sharp Minor." Immerse yourself in the poignant harmonies of Brahm's "Haydn Variations" then dance away into the sunset with a pyrotechnical arrangement of Disney waltzes from Mary Poppins, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.  But be forewarned – this is not your mother’s Disney.  Then get down with your inner kool kat at the Magic Valley premiere of jazz composer Claude Bolling’s "Sonata no. 1."  BYU-Idaho String Bass Professor Aaron Miller and CSI percussion Instructor Scott Farkas will join the 2 pianists on stage for some jazz music sure to get your toes tapping. This concert is bound to please any listener with a wide range of musical tastes.

7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID

Creole Choir of Cuba

Prepare to be blown away: hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these ten inspiring vocalists and you will know this is something new from Cuba, the most original vocal sound to come out of the island in a long while.  The Creole Choir’s Cuban name Desandann means literally ‘descendents’ and with songs like Papa Danbala, Tandé or Liman Casimir they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in the near slave conditions on the sugar and coffee plantations until the 1959 Revolution.  The Creole Choir is a cornucopia of remarkable voices that perform irresistible a cappella melodies sung in Creole with richly textured harmonies, vibrant dancing, and the shifting Caribbean rhythms of rediscovered musical treasures from Haiti, Dominica, and Cuba.  Multiple award winners, they sing the vital music passed down from grandparents and parents as well as the songs of some of the foremost groups of contemporary Haitian scene.  From laments to protest songs permeated by the homesickness of exile and the eternal dream of returning ‘home’, to ritual prayers and celebratory freedom dances, each song tells a powerful Haitian story kept alive in Cuba. 

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7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID
Tickets go on sale on 08/25/2014 at 5:00 am MST

Grupo Fantasma

Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade.   In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.”  Grupo Fantasma has also seen a wide array of film and TV placements including AMC’s Breaking Bad, the John Sayles’ film Casa de los Babys, Showtime’s hit series Weeds, ABC’s Ugly Betty, NBC’s Law & Order and many others. They have served as the backing band on several occasions for the legendary Prince and recorded with Maceo Parker, Sheila-E, cult-hero Daniel Johnston and many others.  The band’s incendiary live show, declared by NPR as “seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage” has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally, and their diverse spectrum of rabid and devoted fans speaks to the ensemble’s universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music fans.  Tickets:  $24/adults or $10/children high school and under

 

"Latin funk masters." – USA Today

 

"A sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group."

– Huffington Post

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7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID
Tickets go on sale on 08/25/2014 at 5:00 am MST

Boise Film Underground

Two original films.  Two original scores.  In this Stage Door presentation, you will get a chance to see the premiere of these two films and watch the musicians play the original scores LIVE on stage.  Boise Film Underground (BFUG) is an underground film festival that brings intriguing independent and experimental films to Boise, Idaho.  You won’t want to miss this unique and exciting collaboration between BFUG and the CSI Stage Door Series. 

7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID

Howling in the Wind

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked…” 

Poetry and jazz are the heart of American culture; the works themselves, and the reactions to them, reflect the conflict inherent in our evolving society. As we approach the 60th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem “Howl,” the CSI Fine Arts department explores the connection between the Beat Poets and jazz. Poets such as Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac built the foundation for the Beat oeuvre in the New York club scene in the 1940s, and the movement was thrust into the nation’s consciousness when Ginsberg first publicly read “Howl” in San Francisco, October 7, 1955.  This exploration will intertwine a reading of “Howl” with jazz performances, readings of other Beat poets, and some surprise contemporary writings by CSI faculty and staff inspired by Ginsberg. Please be aware that the material contains graphic imagery and language some may interpret as vulgar; the performance is not recommended for children.

7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID

Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails is a very special multimedia performance highlighting the gray areas of masculinity that many people might not know exist.  In this production of projected imagery, song, readings, theatrical presentations, and magic, we will explore the nuances of masculinity all the way from transgender to the exaggerated stereotype of the alpha male, and in so doing understand who we all are as men and women.  This production will feature Brandon Tesch in vocal pieces from Hedwig and The Angry Inch, DeVotCha, and more, Camille Barigar performing a piece from Motherhood Out Loud, and other performers and readers from around the valley.  Brandon Tesch attended Idyllwild Academy of the Arts focusing on opera voice, traveled western Europe with the US youth choir, and has a main life goal of finding the beauty in all things. 

7:30 pm
CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Twin Falls, ID
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