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Darla Rich Quartet
November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome the Darla Rich Quartet back to the 1867 Sanctuary!
Guitarist Rich Tarpinian and upright bassist, Darla Isaacs Tarpinian are based in New Jersey and have been a part of the local jazz scene since 2000. Their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages. They have played concerts, public and private events as well as libraries, restaurants and wineries. Their repertoire includes straight ahead jazz standards, pop nostalgia as well as original compositions. Through creative expression and improvisation, they seek to present their musical selections in a way that complements the composer’s rich melodies and harmonies. They perform mostly in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area and are often joined by other area musicians. For this performance, they will be joined by drummer, David Stier and trombonist, Lars Wendt. For more information visit, www.darlarich.com.
Darla Tarpinian is a bassist who believes the sound of the bass has a quality and resonance like the human voice. She enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the harmonies common to the gospel quartet music of her childhood. Her diverse vocal background has allowed her to apply a unique fresh sound to the groups repertoire. As a vocalist, Darla toured Europe with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati International Touring Chorus. Her time working with internationally known conductors and symphony orchestras demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past. Her move to New Jersey found her scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities and rich harmonies of jazz along with studying the upright bass. Born in Kentucky, Darla moved to New Jersey where she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.
Rich Tarpinian is a guitarist who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years. His earliest musical influences were his music teachers and his sister, a graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. Rich’s Armenian heritage ensured that he would be exposed to the complex rhythms and catchy melodies of Eastern European music. Growing up just south of the Canadian border, he was introduced to the extensive jazz programming of one of the Montreal radio stations. Rich maintained his interest in jazz as he began studying classical guitar at the Crane School of Music while absorbing the sounds and culture of the local jazz scene. Inspired by many well-known jazz guitarists as well as other instrumentalists, Rich immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar. As a supporting musician, Rich has worked with many area musicians in both live performance and recording sessions. He has led projects and has written and performed his own music. Rich teaches guitar privately and has taught in workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.
David Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles. He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius. David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons. David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley, Jeannie Brooks and Alex Hiele’s Paris Jazz Trio. He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.
Lars Wendt has been working professionally in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for over 25 years. His broad musical interests have led to positions as tenured trombonist for both the Princeton Symphony and Riverside Symphonia to many small ensembles on the classical side, as well as forays into jazz and commercial music. Lars has performed with various artists that include Darla and Rich Tarpinian and Richie Cole of Alto Madness, as well as many others. Lars currently resides in Titusville, New Jersey.
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Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!
Preservation New Jersey also welcomes members of the Tri-State Jazz Society (www.tristatejazz.org) to our Jazz Music Series concerts. We also offer a $5 discount on General Admission for current TJJS members!
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
To Purchase Tickets
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
- $15 for Members of the Tri-State Jazz Society
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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