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Unusually Different Music Group to Perform Feb. 23

The musical ensemble Unusually Different will perform at Keuka College Saturday, Feb. 23.

Open to the public, the concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Geiser Refectory in Dahlstrom Student Center. Brunch is $11.45 per person; members of the College community may use their meal plans.

Unusually Different will present music of African American composers including Sun Ra Arkestra, Florence Price, and Unusually Different’s leader Rey Scott, among others.

The band’s six musicians—Scott, Ken Foster, Steve Baczkowski, Dave DeWitt, Michael Colquhoun, and Ellen Barnum—combine improvisation, chamber music, roots music, and theatrics in their performance. The members of the band play a variety of instruments, including acoustic bass, drums, flute, oboe, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet and clarinet.

Scott is a veteran jazz saxophonist who has played extensively with artists such as Sun Ra Arkestra, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, the New Brass Connection, Mack Rucks Ensemble, and the Gospel Jubilee.

Foster is music teacher at Waterloo Central School and a member of the Mainstream Band and Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra.

In addition to organizing the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, Baczkowski performs with such musicians as Ravi Padmanabha, Bill Sack, and Nola Ranallo and with such groups as Genkin Philharmonic and  William Parker Trance Quartet, among others.

A lifelong resident of the Rochester area, trombonist DeWitt is chair of the music department, high school band director and brass instructor at Buffalo Academy for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Legendary Dukes, an eight-piece R&B and soul band.

Compositions by Calhoun, an adjunct professor at Hilbert and Canisius Colleges, have been performed across the U.S. and Canada and he has garnered glowing reviews from New Music Connoisseur, Village Voice, Emerson Flute Forum, British Flute Society and the Buffalo News.

Barnum is a  founding member of Vento Chiaro, a Boston-based woodwind quintet, and performs in ensembles including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Chamber Players. She has received several awards as a member of Vento Chiaro, including the Saunderson Award and the silver medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.