Washington University's Jazz at Holmes series today announced that they will present a free solo concert by guitarist Ralph Towner (pictured) at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 27 in Holmes Lounge in Ridgley Hall on the Wash U campus. The concert by Towner replaces the previously announced performance by guitarist Scott Jones.
Towner is known mainly as an acoustic guitarist, but also plays trumpet, synthesizer and percussion and is a conservatory trained pianist. He first gained wide public attention in the 1960s as a member of the pioneering "world music" group Paul Winter Consort. He went on to co-found the eclectic ensemble Oregon, an influential group that mixed, jazz, folk, Indian music, free improvisation and more. Towner also is known for his extensive catalog of recordings as a leader for the ECM label, which has released virtually all of his non-Oregon work since 1972.
In addition to his solo guitar concert on Thursday night, Towner will present a symposium on the music of the ECM label at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26 at Graham Chapel on the Washington University campus. Both the symposium and the concert are free and open to the public.