Anthony Fuoco (piano) and William Wedmedyk (vibes) have worked together as a jazz duo for almost a decade. This concert will feature selected compositions and improvisations of their own. Their approach as a piano-vibraphone duo is influenced by the sensitivity, colors, and textures of classical music, along with the jazz concepts of rhythm and improvisation.
Anthony Fuoco is an active pianist and teacher in the Cleveland area, frequently performing with large and small ensembles such as the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Joe Lovano Quartet. In addition to performing jazz and improvised music, he performs the four-hand and two-piano classical repertoire with his wife, Christine Fuoco. He is on the faculty at Baldwin-Wallace University, where he teaches piano, as well as courses in pedagogy, piano literature, music theory, and jazz. Prior to his appointment at BW he was an instructor at Lorain County Community College. He holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at SUNY Potsdam. He was primarily self-taught until age 19, when he began formally studying classical piano repertoire.
William Wedmedyk began playing drum set at the age of 15 with a thirst for the challenges presented in jazz and contemporary music. These interests persisted as he studied to receive his B.A. in Percussion Performance at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory. During this time he studied classical, jazz, mallet, and world percussion with Josh Ryan, and studied Jazz Piano with Anthony Fuoco. Although his passion for classical music remained after his undergraduate degree he decided to steer his focus more heavily toward jazz. He received his Masters in Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, where he studied the recording arts and music composition with Kim Pensyl, and vibraphone with Russel Burge. He also maintained a Teaching Assistantship position where he lectured in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation, and directed a student jazz combo. As a performer in NE Ohio he currently maintains a jazz quintet that performs all of his original compositions, as well as a jazz duo that performs contemporary jazz.
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