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Weis Center Sessions #52: Nine Degrees of Syncopation, “For Sephora”

We’ve reached one year of Weis Center Sessions! We hope you have enjoyed the performances each week.

Next week will be our last Session, as our staff begins to focus fully on our NEW SEASON OF IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES! Yay!

This Session features Lewisburg-area jazz trio Nine Degrees of Syncopation and the piece, “For Sephora.”

The ensemble includes: Joe DeCristopher on guitar, a 1970 Bucknell alum, Bill Flack on electric fretless bass, currently chair of the Psychology Department and Carl Kirby on guitar, professor in the Geology and Environmental Geosciences Department.

The band name is a play on words, but for this gig, they could be called “Six Feet of Separation.” The band plays gypsy, Latin, jazz standards and originals.

Joe deCristopher is also working on a duo project with Bill and plays with Carl in a quartet known as Sink or Swing and Lawson and Disorder, another trio featuring Lewisburg homegrown singer-songwriter, Larry Lawson.  Joe was an attorney and worked for Susquehanna Legal Services from 1979 until he retired in 2017.

Carl Kirby has played in numerous groups through the years including the Appalachian Oldtime band Back Up & Push with Emeritus English professor Bob Taylor. Carl was featured in Bucknell Magazine in an article called “Passionate Pastimes,” which highlighted what faculty do in their spare time.

Bill Flack has played in Bucky’s Boys/This Band’s For You with Don Krech, Joe Gaughan, and Phil Haynes at various University functions. He is a Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, and a Senior Fellow in the Social Justice Residential College. 

Carl says, “This piece is a modern jazz tune by virtuoso guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, who wrote the tune in honor of his younger sister. The Rosenberg Trio plays self-styled Gypsy Jazz around the world, having released at least 26 CDs or DVDs. As were many current musicians, the Rosensbergs were influenced by the amazing jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who called the music ‘Jazz Manouche’ (Gypsy jazz). This music is carried on by musicians across many parts of the world today.”

Recorded at and produced by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.


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