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CRS Presents Hot Wrk Ensemble: WRKin it Out
March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST$15 – $30
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents the Hot Wrk Ensemble: WRKin It Out in the award-winning White Room at CRS on March 4, 2023 at 4pm. With J Brooks Marcus (J Why) on percussion, Lois Hicks-Wozniak on saxophones, and Brad Hubbard on baritone sax & woodwinds, Hot Wrk Ensemble performs diverse, genre-busting chamber music — everything from Bach & Scarlatti to contemporary art music, and jazz-like fusion with improvisation and compositions by ensemble members. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions, share ideas, and feel part of the music creation process.
Tickets are $30 ($15 for students and $20 for seniors) and are available via eventbrite.com and for cash only at the door.
Proof of vaccination is not required, but we do strongly encourage you to wear a mask. Please note that CRS is only accessible by stairs.
Brad Hubbard is a Composer who plays Baritone Saxophone, Flute, and Bass Clarinet. Brad has performed throughout the world in many diverse settings. In addition to performing as a solo recitalist and with the Hot Wrk Ensemble, Brad is a member of 3rd Bell, a quartet that combines jazz, world, and electronic music filtered through a singer/songwriter mentality. He is also a member of David Sanford’s Pittsburgh Collective an innovative 20 piece big band and Neil Alexander’s X Ensemble, a modern Chamber Jazz Octet. He commissioned and premiered Benjamin Boone’s “Concerto for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra” as well as pieces from Sherwood Shaffer, Monica Ashton, Mark Taylor and Michael Bellar. He is also involved as a composer and performer with Composers Concordance in New York City. As a sideman Brad has appeared with a broad range of artist including Corey Glover of Living Colour, Nancy Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Lew Tabackin, Lenny Pickett, Boots Randolph, Roy Clark, The Monica Ashton Jazz Band and various local groups in the Hudson Valley.
Brad was a member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet from 1988-2004. During his tenure with the quartet, the ensemble was the first of its kind to win the prestigious Concert Artist Guild competition in New York City in 1992. The quartet toured throughout the United States and the World performing in major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Atlanta’s Spivey Concert Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation Townhouse, Washington, D.C’s Strathmore Hall, Alaska’s Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, the Villla Schönberg in Zurich, Switzerland, the Conservatoire de Musique in Esch Luxembourg, the Macau International Music Festival and the Academy for the Performing Arts in Hong Kong, China. New Century was also the first saxophone quartet to perform at La Huaca del Complejo Atlapa in Panama City, Panama. NCSQ has also appeared in unique concert settings including two command performances for President Clinton in the White House to a concerto performance with the United States Navy Band. Brad appears on the first 6 New Century recordings on the Channel Classics label.
Brad is currently the Woodwind Instructor at The Beacon Music Factory in Beacon NY, where he lives with his family.
J. Brooks Marcus (aka J Why) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who studied jazz, classical, electronic and experimental music at California Institute of the Arts, Berklee College of Music, and San Francisco State University. He has composed for dance, film, puppet theater, and podcasts. Collaborators have included: multi-instrumentalist and composer Julz A, dance filmmaker Anna Brady Nuse, and choreographer Sasha Welsh. J has composed music for filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, Los Angeles theater company About Productions, dance filmmaker Susan Osberg, and animator/puppet theater artist Susan Simpson. In 2017 he formed the collaborative production duo Obsidian Soundsystem with musician and engineer Jonny Taylor. As a performer, he has played with Pamela Z, Gwen Laster’s Gameboard, and Andy Rinehart. J teaches composition at SUNY New Paltz and percussion, clarinet and computer music at Beacon Music Factory. His music can be found at https://soundcloud.com/j-why-1 and https://obsidiansoundsystem.bandcamp.com/music.
Lois Hicks-Wozniak is an active concert saxophonist and educator in the New York Metropolitan and the Hudson Valley region, committed to community engagement through new music and Global Music styles. A D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, her many awards include winning the Special Presentation Winners Recital Series, sponsored by Artists International Presentations; earning her a New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She is described in performance as having “tremendous technique and fidelity to tone without sacrificing musical line,” and a “beautiful soprano saxophone sound…preserving the beauty and consistency of her sound regardless of the technical or musical demands of the moment” (Saxophone Symposium). An active soloist, she has performed and recorded within many ensembles to include the Albany Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and with Pat Waing master, Kyaw-Kyaw Naing and the first Burmese-American Hsiang Waing ensemble. Her album Playback: Music for Saxophone and Bass Trombone is with Matt Wozniak and Nadine Shank, piano. She is a featured educator in the textbook, World Music Pedagogy Vol VII: Teaching World Music in Higher Education (Routledge 2020). She co-founded the saxophone and percussion chamber group, Hot Wrk Ensemble, featuring improvisatory music, arrangements, and original works, to include her own compositions. She previously served active duty in the U.S. Army as a saxophonist with the West Point Band and taught at Marist College, Montclair State University, and SUNY New Paltz. She holds degrees from Florida State University and Montclair State University. Her sixth grade band director suggested she play the saxophone, and although she cried when she first saw the instrument, she has no regrets.