Butler University’s Faculty Artist Series Kicks Off with Matt Pivec

Butler University hosts a Faculty Artist Series each year; this year’s series starts Tuesday, September 23 with Saxophonist Matt Pivec. The Faculty Artist Series is a forum for professional musicians turned professors of music to have a performance experience. These performances are free and open to the people of Indianapolis. You can catch Matt Pivec at Butler’s Edison-Duckwall Recital Hall at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 23.

As one of the largest universities in Indiana, Butler University maintains a reputation for excellence when it comes to Indianapolis education. The School of Music is one of the largest and most sought after music degree programs in the Hoosier state. Indianapolis kids attending Butler University learn by attending performances by professionals, who are part of their own Indianapolis community. These evening are enlightening nights for Indianapolis music as premiere musicians of the Circle City strut their stuff.

Saxophonist Matt Pivec has explored many different musical styles. As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt has worked with Ray Charles, The Temptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. As a band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States.

His most recent CD, Live at Snider Hall, was released in the spring of 2008 to critical acclaim.Equally adept as a classical saxophonist, he collaborated with composer Michael Cunningham on a 1999 recording of Cunningham’s recital pieces for saxophone. During the project, Matt demonstrated his versatility by recording works on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. In 2003, he gave the world premiere performance of Michael Hay’s “Blues in Three Parts.”

Currently, Matt is the Director of Jazz Studies at Butler University.  A committed educator, he enjoys teaching saxophone and jazz to students of all ages. You can hear him play live next Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 pm for free!

Do not miss your chance to get groovy to an accomplished jazz saxophonist. Make an evening of it by checking out any of the great Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars located in the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. The Faculty Artist Series at Butler University is a perfect Indianapolis event to share with your Indianapolis kid, who may have a passion for music!