1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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Grand Opening Festival

Jazz Music Series:
Darla Rich Jazz Quartet
It's All Jazz from Bop to Pop

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 3:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing

Darla Rich Quartet
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present The Darla Rich Jazz Quartet and their program, It’s All Jazz: from Bop to Pop. The program will include jazz standards and will apply elements of jazz to more recently written popular songs.

Darla Rich Jazz was co-founded by Darla and Rich Tarpinian who have been on their musical journey together since 1995. They have performed in a variety of venues and their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. They play the music they love whether a soulful ballad or a high energy groove tune and draw upon elements of Latin, funk, blues, R&B and ethnic styles. Their vocal and instrumental selections incorporate strong melodies, rich harmonies and innovative improvisation. When performing at tri-state area venues in a duo, trio or quartet configuration, they present their music with freshness and excitement.performing vocal and instrumental jazz, as well as jazz infused renditions of hymns, folk songs and pop tunes from more recent decades. They highlight the important aspects of jazz through spontaneous improvisation and interaction among the musicians. For this performance, they are pleased to be joined by David Stier (drums) and Jim Stagnitto (trumpet).

Darla Isaacs Tarpinian is a bassist and vocalist. Her diverse vocal background has allowed her to apply a uniquely fresh and natural sound to the jazz repertoire. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the harmonies common to gospel quartet music. After passing rigorous auditions, she joined the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and toured Europe with the Cincinnati International Touring Chorus. Her time working with internationally known conductors and symphony orchestras demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past. Her move to New Jersey found her scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities and rich harmonies of jazz along with studying the upright bass. Darla believes the sound of the bass has a quality and resonance similar to the human voice and enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse. Born in Kentucky, Darla moved to New Jersey where she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.

Rich Tarpinian is a guitarist and vocalist who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years. His earliest musical influences were his music teachers and his sister, a graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. Rich’s Armenian heritage ensured that he would be exposed to the complex rhythms and catchy melodies of Eastern European music. Growing up just south of the Canadian border, he was introduced to the extensive jazz programming of one of the Montreal radio stations. Rich maintained his interest in jazz as he began studying classical guitar at the Crane School of Music while absorbing the sounds and culture of the local jazz scene. Inspired by many well-known jazz guitarists as well as other instrumentalists, Rich immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar. As a vocalist, he aims for a natural sound without regard to the time period of the selection. As a supporting musician, Rich has worked with many area musicians in both live performance and recording sessions. He has led projects and has written and performed his own music. Rich teaches guitar privately and has taught in workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.

David Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles. He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius. David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons. David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks. He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.

Jim Stagnitto is a trumpeter and composer who has worked in the commercial music world in various capacities for a long time – jingles, jazz, rock, funk, R&B, experimental and Latin/Salsa bands. His true love has always been in composition for contemporary dance - having collaborated with the Princeton Ballet, Beyondance, Terpsichore Sans and the Avilla/Weeks dance companies. As a trumpeter, Jim has recorded with the New Hope Collective Jazz Band, Monkeyworks and Peter Biedermann and the White Light Ensemble. He also performs with vocalist Lee Rott and the All Terrain Band. He is a founding member of the New Hope Collective - a consort of music and visual artists in Bucks Country, PA.

Additional information and audio clips are available on their web site: www.darlarich.com

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