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TEN 27 Jazz Trio

Monica Wilson-Roach: electric cello, electric bass
Michael Roach: piano, keyboards
Paul Borrello: drums, mallet-kat

Join us for a special live jazz music performance in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall featuring members of the Delmar, New York based jazz group, Ten27. The program will begin around 1:30 p.m.

Members include: cellist and bass player Monica-Wilson Roach, pianist Michael Roach, and drummer Paul Borrello. The group’s “The Black Book Project” combines a multimedia production featuring images from the Hubble Telescope with performances of seven original pieces inspired by themes in modern cosmology.

Monica Wilson-Roach has been playing cello and bass for over thirty-five years. She was on faculty at the Juilliard School and has performed in the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, the Documenta X in Kessel, Germany, the Jazz and Bluesfest - Live from Wolftrap, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music performances of Donald Byrd's Jazztrain with Grammy Award winning artist Vernon Reid, Graham Haynes, Geri Allen, Buster Williams, Andy Bey and Max Roach. Ms. Wilson-Roach performed extensively with Joe McPhee and Joe Giardullo and has recorded with them and various avante-garde musicians through the Pauline Oliveiros Foundation.

Wilson-Roach has scored and recorded for a few documentaries including "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners". This was master scored by Vernon Reid and produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z. She has also performed, "Compas", composed by Maria Zemantauski with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. She was also co-creator of the "Black Book Project" along with Michael Roach. This is a blending of original jazz works and images from the Hubble Space Telescope, debuted at The Egg Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY. The list of performance venues include: the Knitting Factory, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Egg,The Palace Theater, Proctor’s Theater, the Liberty Science Museum and Lincoln Center out-of-doors. She has played with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Orchestra and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.To date, Ms. Wilson-Roach has recorded on over three dozen CD’s including her debut CD, "24 Hours", her band Ten 27’s recordings, "Mild Mannered" and most recently, "The Black Book Project."

Michael Roach is turning heads as a pianist and keyboardist. He received formal training in classical and popular piano as a youngster. He has performed in many venues playing Rock, Pop, Classical, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz. Michael has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Symphony Space, The Black Rock Coalition Festival, The Black Expo, at Albany's Lark Fest, and abroad. Some local venues include: The Egg at the Center for the Performing Arts, 9 Maple Avenue, Justin’s, and the Van Dyck. In addition to performing with Ten 27, Michael also performs with the John Savage Quartet, and in a piano-vibraphone duo with Paul Borrello.

Paul Borrello is a drummer and mallet player in the Capital District region of New York State. He completed his master's degree in music at Boston University and received a bachelor's degree from The College of Saint Rose. Paul has played drums with many players regionally including jazz guitarists Peter Einhorn and Mark Dziuba at the Hartford Jazz Festival. He has worked with local artists such as Maria Zemantauski, George Muscatello, Sten Isaachsen, and Marcus Benoit. He currently performs with the John Savage Quartet, a vibraphone-piano duo with Michael Roach, and with Ten 27. Paul studies vibraphone with Ed Saindon from the Berklee School of Music, Jay Hoggard from Wesleyan University, and improvisation with pianist, Dan Dobek. Presently, Paul teaches percussion in Niskayuna, New York at the Brown School.

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