GCA On Tour
Designed for schools unable to visit the Gallo Center due to a lack of resources, GCA On Tour brings the wonder of live theater directly to the students. GCA On Tour features both locally produced performances and nationally touring productions, as well as residencies and workshops created specifically for school sites. We believe art can truly happen anywhere — even a school cafeteria.
Sittin' In and Groovin' Out
A cohesive, tight-knit unit featuring some of today's most esteemed, creative artists, METTA QUINTET is fueled by a collective, open-minded musical curiosity and dedicated to exploring new artistic territory while maintaining a passionate commitment to arts education, fostering new audiences and nurturing young talent.
Through the commissioning of all-new works and the creation of immersive, live multi-media concert programs for the MAIN STAGE, METTA QUINTET is committed to challenging convention and expanding the boundaries of the live jazz experience.
Sittin' In and Groovin' Out is a fun, three-day mentoring program that offers a unique opportunity for select high school band students from throughout your community to bridge cultural, economic, religious and gender divides and unify in the spirit of creative collaboration and making great music together. Over the course of an intensive three-day residency, participating students will interact, rehearse, learn from and perform live in concert with JazzReach's METTA QUINTET. This performance features students from seven Modesto City Schools high schools.
More about METTA Quintet: The quintet released its critically acclaimed debut recording, Going to Meet The Man (Koch) in 2002 featuring eight commissioned works by the then-emerging, now-renowned composers, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Larry Goldings and George Colligan. All works were inspired by short stories by celebrated American author James Baldwin. In July 2006, Sunnyside Records released the quintet's second critically lauded CD Subway Songs, which features eight all-original commissioned compositions inspired by the sociological dynamism of the New York City Subway experience.
In early 2012, the quintet, in partnership with the digital music distributor, The Orchard, released the globally-themed, Big Drum/Small World to unanimously positive reviews! The project features a diverse array of all-new music by renowned composers from eight different countries including Lionel Loueke, Miguel Zenon, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Yosvanny Terry, Omer Avital and Metta Quintet's very own, Marcus Strickland. The project explores the globalization and ever-broadening definition and sound of jazz.
Arts Education Department
Maya Patten, Arts Education Programs Coordinator
FAX: (209) 338-5006
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm