Walter’s father, a classical and gospel composer, sparked Walter’s early interest in the piano. Childhood experiences, including seeing and hearing his father perform his compositions at Carnegie Hall, opened Kemp’s eyes to a world of music. He soon began studying classical piano, where he mastered fundamentals. After a brief interest in drums, he gravitated toward jazz piano. Kemp, lead composer and pianist for the Walter Kemp 3oh!, has won widespread critical acclaim for his classic and compelling compositions which experiment with traditional chord progressions with inventive ﬁnesse. As the winner of numerous awards with his international touring and recording projects, he has collaborated with various musical greats like Juini Booth and Rey Scott, of Sun-Ra’s Arkestra, Bobby Militello, (Dave Brubeck), and Sabu Adeyola (Ahmad Jamal). As a highly-sought professional in the progressive music scene, Walter is the youngest musician, in more than three decades, to serve as Artistic Director for the CMC Jazz Festival, housed at the Historic Colored Musician’s Club—the oldest existing jazz member club of its kind. He also appears in a permanent museum installation.
Final performances for the String Ensemble (under the direction of Bryan Eckenrode), and Guitar Ensemble (under the direction of Jeremy Sparks) for the Spring 2017 Semester.
Join us in the Recital Hall as the Jazz and Percussion Ensembles take the stage for the last time for the Spring 2017 Semester. The Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of John Bacon and the Percussion Ensemble performs under Gary Rutkowski.
Under the guidance of Linda Appleby, Villa’s Gospel Choir and Chorale Ensemble will perform their last concert of the school year.
Villa’s student Rock Ensemble performs their end of semester concert under the direction of Rob LoCurto.
Villa’s student Hip Hop Ensemble will take the stage to perform a selection of their work from the 2016-2017 school year.
Villa’s honor soloists will perform for the last time for the 2017 Spring Semester.
Our student oboe players will perform for their senior recital.