Tango Volcado and Prairie Songs, Remembering Antonia with The Willa Cather Project
Brent Edstrom, Jody Graves, Eugene Jablonsky, Patricia Bartell, Scott Miller, Tana Bachman-Bland
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201
Our band consists of four members.
Patricia Bartell, Accordionist
Kendall Feeney, Pianist
Eugene Jablonsky, Bass
Tana Bland, Violin
Brent Edstrom received a bachelor of music degree in classical piano performance from Washington State University and a master of music degree in jazz studies and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music. An active composer, Edstrom’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous symphonies including the Dallas Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Orchestra Seattle. His compositions include works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensemble, and movements from his first concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra have been performed in the US and Europe. In 2017, Edstrom was selected as the Washington State Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer of the Year.
Edstrom has published extensively including over 100 note-for-note transcriptions of the music of Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Oscar Peterson and others as well as 55 volumes for Hal Leonard Corporation’sJazz Piano Series. Recent publications include Recording on a Budget and Arduino for Musicians: A Complete Guide to Arduino and Teensy Microcontrollers, distributed internationally by Oxford University Press, andMusicianship in the Digital Age, distributed by Thomson. Edstrom teaches composition, theory, and jazz studies at Whitworth University.
Jody Graves maintains an exciting, diverse and active performing career, and is recognized nationally and internationally as a distinguished concert artist, public speaker, and master teacher of piano. Recital engagements as a soloist and collaborative artist take her across the U. S. and abroad. Dr. Graves is also the pianist with the acclaimed chamber group The Sapphire Trio (est. 1998) and their concert tours take them all around the world. She has had the honor of serving as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department in the Middle East regions since 2006. Dr. Graves released her 4th solo recording in 2015 ‘ANANDA-Notes from the Heart’ featuring the music of Liszt, Berg, Copland and Brahms, and her performances have been featured on NPR and KPBX radio. Additionally she has authored articles for the American Music Teacher and Clavier journals.
Her active career covers an extensive array of offerings including concerts, master classes, artist retreats, workshops and lectures on living a beautiful and healthy artistic life. Each presentation is laced with poignant stories and humor, engaging the audience and participants in a rich collaborative experience. Dr. Graves is recognized for her creative ability to engage the audience during her concerts with anecdotes, historical perspectives and humor. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and has been the recipient of two Faculty Meritorious Awards for her performances and publications.
She is currently Director of Piano Performance studies at Eastern Washington University.
Concerts and bookings and details at www.drjodygraves.com
Additional information at: www.thesapphiretrio.com
Bass player Eugene Jablonsky’s love for all kinds of music began early with his grandmother and pianist mother's household mix of Yiddish songs, Cole Porter, Chopin, and chamber music parties. His musical talents have taken him from playing chamber music in European palaces to pickin’ country hits in backroad Wild West honkytonks. Spokane’s go-to bassist, he plays all kinds of music on bass and guitar. Besides Tango, he plays jazz, salsa, western swing, klezmer, classical, Broadway shows, and Celtic music.
Born in La Paz Bolivia, South America, Patricia Bartell is a graduate of Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music Education and Accordion Performance. She travels internationally as an adjudicator, professional performer and teacher.
Patricia has studied piano with Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth University and with Kendall Feeney of the Golandsky Institute, which is the preeminent center for the Taubman Technique Approach. Patricia has also studied "The New Technical Approach" with the world-renowned accordion teacher Frederic Deschamps in France. Patricia is the owner of Able To Play Music Academy, teaching piano and accordion since 2003.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she performs with Tango Volcado, an Argentine Tango Quartet; leads a young modernized accordion band, The Portatos; represents the U.S.A. as a judge for the Trophée Mondial of the World Confédération for the Accordion; has helped develop the Hohner Teacher Certified Simply Music Accordion Method; Owner and producer of accordionlife.com - inspiring and teaching students to play music with purpose, precision and passion.
Tenor Scott Miller is a versatile singing actor, equally at home in the genres of opera, musical theatre, oratorio, and recital. Most recently, he sang the World Premiere of Prairie Songs: Remembering Antonia, written for him by Spokane composer Brent Edstrom, at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Johnny Carson Theatre. The song set was repeated this summer in Bordeaux, France, with Tana Bachman and Mr. Edstrom, as well as in Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Center for the Performing Arts. Miller has performed over 30 roles over the course of his career with companies nationwide,including the Santa Fe Opera, the Long Beach Bach Festival, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Dallas, and the Omaha Symphony, among others. He was a member of the original cast of Libby Larsen’s Eric Hermannson’s Soul for which he received critical praise in the Wall Street Journal, and also performed in one of the first casts of Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree. A champion of new works, he has commissioned or premiered four new works to date, including song cycles by Christopher Stanichar (The Raven, Songs for Soulmates) and Mark Adamo (Garland). Dr. Miller is Director of Voice Studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, where he teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Vocal Pedagogy, Song Literature, and directs the Opera Workshop. He served two terms as Intermountain Region Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). During the summer he serves on the faculty of the Julian Patrick Institute for Advanced High School Singers.
Tana Bland is a native Spokane violinist who performs with multiple musical organizations in and around Spokane. These include The Spokane Symphony, Tango Volcado, Tedesca String Quartet, and Prairie Songs, Remembering My Antonia. She has formerly been a member of the Spokane String Quartet and the Syringa String Quartet which founded and established a String Chamber Music Camp.
Tana’s roots are closely tied to Spokane. She is an EWU alumni who values the musical and social education of young people. She works closely with the Spokane Youth Symphony and also has a teaching studio at Able To Play near Downtown Spokane. She has recently been a guest lecturer for the Humanities class at SFCC and often plays as a volunteer for Hospice of Spokane.
She has recently enjoyed playing with such Broadway shows as Something Rotten, The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, and has just finished a short tour with Mannheim Steamroller. She has also had the pleasure of playing with Jenny Ann Mannan at The Bartlett for Northwest of Nashville and with the Hot Club of Spokane for Northwest of New Orleans!