Lively spirituals, freedom songs, and pop tunes will be the order of the day when Pete Malinverni conducts the Purchase College Soul Voices Gospel Choir April 9 at 7:30 PM at The Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $5 for children under 16. Call 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org.
Malinverni is a jazz pianist, composer and recording artist on the faculty of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Each of his ten recordings as a leader have been released to excellent notices in Jazz and general publications. His songs receive heavy airplay and several of his recordings have been in the Top Ten nationally.
Musical selections at the concert will include spirituals such as "Go Down, Moses," freedom songs like "Lord Help Me to Hold Out," pop tunes like Stevie Wonderâ€™s "Have A Talk with God," and rhythm and blues tunes like Sam Cookeâ€™s "Thatâ€™s It, I Quit, Iâ€™m Movinâ€™ On." The group will also perform some of Malinverniâ€™s original music with the Psalms of King David as text, accompanied by a four-piece horn section.
All of Malinverni's music is derived from or is influenced by the wealth of African-American culture. "The beauty of that music," he says "is the universality of the message as it relates to the human experience."
Since coming to New York in 1981, he has left his mark on live and recorded performances here and throughout the world. As a member of the Jazz Studies program at Purchase College he organized the Soul Voices, a student choir, to explore the music of the African-American tradition.
His appearance on NPRâ€™s "Piano Jazz" with Marian McPartland was praised as an informative and engaging presentation. He is also a writer on music whose articles and letters have been published worldwide and he has contributed liner notes for his and many other recordings.
For the past fifteen years, Pete has been Minister of Music at the Devoe Street Baptist church in Brooklyn, where he directs the Gospel Choir. His work there was featured in a recent profile on New York 1 Television.
One of Malinverni's goals is to reintroduce Jazz and Gospel Music which he refers to as "two long-lost siblings, separated at birth." According to him "they teach us much about what is possible when we express our shared humanity through music."