Concert details: The Bloom/Leighton Duo will perform Thursday, August 14 at 7:30 pm in the Islesboro Summer Concerts, Free Will Baptist Church, Islesboro, Maine (information: 1-888-887-7169); on Sunday August 17 at 3:00 pm in the Concerts in West K Concert Series (West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Road, West Kennebunk, ME 04043, $15, $12 youth and seniors; information Paul Wells, 207-985-2831) and on Sunday August 17 at 7:30 pm in the Trinity Summer Concert Series (Trinity Episcopal Church, 546 York Street, York Harbor ME 03911, Information: 207-363-5258).
Bios: Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo, concertizes in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 40 recordings (Leo Records, 9Winds, Sony Classical, Dorian, other labels); has given workshops, master classes and lecture-demos across the globe; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. His impressive career encompasses exploratory jazz, new and improvised music, jazz standards, blues, bebop, and diverse chamber music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Boston Globe called his playing “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength,” while Jazz Improv hailed his “exquisite melody” and allaboutjazz.com praised his “hip, jazzy flute work.” He has appeared with Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, Walter Thompson, Raj Mehta, Mark Harvey and other notables and has performed with the MIT Festival Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Expansions Orchestra, Composers in Red Sneakers, Underground Composers, Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, and FiLmprov (improvised music for animated films of Kate Matson). Bloom is a 38-year veteran (flutes and alto saxophone) with the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (“lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington’s finest reed sections” JazzTimes). He has performed with Aardvark at hundreds of venues and appears on 12 Aardvark CDs, including 7 discs on the Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventuresome music labels. With members of Aardvark, he recorded improvised music for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”
Mark Leighton is a classical and jazz guitarist known for his superb artistry and wide-ranging repertoire. He has performed as a solo recitalist and ensemble player across the Northeast, appearing at venues such as Colby College, Corning Community College, Eastern Nazarene College, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston’s historic King’s Chapel, Thomas Crane Library, Charlestown Public Library, Elmira College and many others. Mr. Leighton is a regular member of Copley Chamber Players. He serves on the Applied Music Faculty at Colby College, teaches at Eastern Nazarene College and St. George’s School, and served previously as Artistic Director of First Night Quincy. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Leighton studied with noted guitarists Robert Sullivan, David Leisner and Sharon Isbin, among others.