The UCCS Music Program is proud to feature a Grammy Award winner for our first collaboration with the Colorado Springs Conservatory in their new venue the Mezzanine. Trumpet Artist and composer Cuong Vu first visited UCCS in 2006 during the inaugural year of the VAPA Music Program. He is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong Vu has worked with guitarist Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson and David Bowie in addition to his influential body of work as leader.
Electro-acoustic composer and pianist Richard Karpen has earned accolades for his work in the classical field as well as for being a cutting edge sonic experimenter of the highest order. Joined by their faculty colleagues at the University of Washington, innovative bassist Luke Berman and Vu’s longstanding bandmate, drummer Ted Poor, these two kindred spirits push the envelope in a myriad of provocative ways on That the Days Go By and Never Come Again, an extended suite that pays tribute to the indelible composing team of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in a most uncompromising fashion. The unlikely duo of New York-based improviser-bandleader Vu and Seattle academician Karpen crystallized when they met at the University of Washington. Their first recording, That the Days Go By and Never Come Again, was released by RareNoise Records in 2014.