High Energy Boogie-Woogie Pianist Opens Ashland University Spectrum Series

10/31/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The 2011-2012 Ashland University Spectrum Series opens with boogie-woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.  Produced by the College of Arts and Sciences, Ashland University's premiere Spectrum Series presents internationally recognized figures in the arts to enhance cultural experiences for the University community and surrounding areas.

Michael Kaeshammer has been called Canada's triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma. This potent combination has earned the Toronto based artist international critical acclaim and a loyal and growing fan base.

Kaeshammer's performances are pure delight and his energy knows no bounds. He has piano technique to burn and to his audience's delight has an acrobatic way with a grand piano. When Kaeshammer performs, it's obvious he's having a ball, playing superlative boogie-woogie, blues, jazz, and pop cross-over material, drawn mostly from an impressive list of standards and his catalogue of studio recordings.

A night with Kaeshammer and his band isn't the kind of show where you just sit, watch and applaud politely every now and then. Their goal is to entertain, inform and include the audience on a wild ride with no fixed destination except where he feels he and the crowd want to go.

A reviewer of his last performance at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival noted: "drawing on a rock solid knowledge of the early piano greats, Kaeshammer does more than play the way they did. He entertains with a capital "E" the way they did... he taps into a part of music that's almost lost, connecting deeply with the audience on a gut level, so they are no longer just spectators in the music-making."

His third and newly-released record "KAESHAMMER," blends ingredients from Kaeshammer's vast store of jazz, soul, pop and R&B influences. With his singular brand of pop tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons, Kaeshammer's fiery style incorporates elements of his early influences from the New Orleans sound of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker, to high-energy, boogie fuelled romp.

In addition to his evening performance, Kaeshammer will lead a master class with the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra which is also open to the public. The master class will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.

Single tickets for the Kaeshammer concert are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, Ashland University faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students with identification. Discounted season passes for the Spectrum Series are also available for purchase, which include one admission to each of the four series performances of Kaeshammer, Take 6, The Cashore Marionettes and The Acting Company.  Adult season passes are $40 each; and senior citizens, students, Ashland University faculty and staff season passes are $32 each. All tickets can be purchased through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, noon to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online (additional fees apply) at www.ashland.edu/tickets.

For more information about the Spectrum Series' performances and master classes, visit www.ashland.edu/spectrum or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419.289.5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu. For samples of Michael Kaeshammer's work including videos, pictures, touring, and to stream some of Michael's new album KAESHAMMER, visit www.kaeshammer.com.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report's National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.