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Issei Tsuji to give senior trombone recital

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Issei Tsuji will give his senior trombone recital Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Tsuji, of Chiba, Japan, is a trombone student of Matt Blauer and also studied composition with Chris David Westover, Bethel director of instrumental music, and jazz with James Pisano, Bethel director of jazz studies.

Tsuji will graduate in December with a degree in music.

The recital opens with Christian Lindberg’s “Variation on a Gregorian Chant (I),” which Tsuji transcribed.

This will be followed by Trombone Concertino, Opus 4 by Ferdinand David, with Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel professor of music, as piano accompanist.

The half concludes with four movements from an unusual piece by Clarence Barber titled Tabloid. A narrator – Luke Loganbill, senior from Moundridge – reads from sections of a newspaper (“Regional News”; “Sports”; “Business News”; “Headline News”) while the trombone plays incidental music.

After an intermission, Tsuji will be joined by the rest of Bethel Jazz Combo – Westen Gesell, saxophone; Tim Regier, trumpet; Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, piano; Jayce Yoder, guitar; Eli Brockway, bass; and Adam Voth, drums.

They will play “Voyage” by Kenny Barron, “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter, “Lament” by J.J. Johnson and “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie.

Tsuji is a 2011 graduate of Ichihara Chuo High School, Chiba.

All three of his years at Bethel, he has been a member of the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I and he is currently a member of Jazz Combo in addition. Last year, he also sang with the Bethel College Concert Choir.

Tsuji’s recital is free and open to the public.

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