Percussionist David Silliman to perform at SUNY Orange Middletown campus


Saundra Silliman (Photo provided)

MIDDLETOWN - Described by Daily News writer Greg Thomas as “…the man with four hands,” percussionist David Silliman moves from the cajon, to drum set to a huge array of percussive instruments surrounding him in creating his signature sound. He is bringing his “friends,” including his wife, on Friday, Feb. 15 to play at a 7:30 p.m. concert on the stage of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, SUNY Orange.
Each musician of the David Silliman and Friends jazz quintet brings his/her expertise in playing while together creating a cohesive sound that allows the individuals to shine. An appreciation of each other’s talents fuels the energy within the group.
Silliman is known for his versatility as his career has found him accompanying song stylists Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie as well as being the rhythmic force when playing with electric harpist Edmar Castaneda.
He also is comfortable playing with the New Jersey Symphony or in the pit of a Broadway show.
Likewise, Marshall Gilkes plays his trombone with diverse musical ensembles such as the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda chamber jazz ensembles, Latin jazz as well as big bands, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Pianist George Dulin has played in several genres of music including free jazz, classical, rock and film music, in trios and big bands, as well as playing concertos with orchestras in music festivals plus Birdland, The Bluenote, Smalls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Even though the main focus of bassist Morrie Louven’s musical life is jazz, he toured the world for many years with pop icons Engelbert Humperdinck, Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka. In addition, he has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He plays his beloved Rogeri contrabass, circa 1713.
The vocals for this versatile group are provided by Saundra Silliman who works with her husband, but more often with Tony Cimorosi's NY International band. She has performed in musical theatre at BAM and Ford’s Theatre. Her sound has been influenced by R & B, Funk and Gospel music. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times states, “Saundra Silliman may be the best-kept secret in jazz.”
All tickets are $10 and will be available in the box office starting at 6:15 p.m. the evening of the concert.
Online purchase with a $ 2.50 service charge for each ticket is available at www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml.
All students are admitted free.
Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.
Information is also available through the website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues in Middletown.