University of Saint Francis music instructor Phil Schurger is releasing a new album with a concert and release party on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry Street.
The music Schurger presents on "Echoes of the Ancestors" is the expression of a dynamic journey through ten years of meditative and musical process. He has honed his skills as a composer in order to effortlessly act as a conduit of force and form, oscillating sounds up from the emptiness of mind.
Schurger adds, "Through meditation, I awaken the sensitivity of intuition and navigate the tides of consciousness, catching compositions as they arise in the currents of thought. It is a conscious-intuitive act of retrieving sounds and images of nature and culture, and uniquely sculpting them through an inner-alchemical process."
Schurger is also offering a free Jazz Masters Class with his Chicago-based group on September 29 at 5 p.m. in the USF Music Technology Center, also at 431 W. Berry Street. The group includes internationally recognized artists Greg Ward (alto sax), Ethan Phillion (bass) and Clif Wallace (drums). The class is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring questions to ask as they learn the group’s musical approach to improvisation.