Free concert by new trio

HAMILTON — Richard Balestra, Christopher Collabello and Michael Cortese have formed a new ensemble that will perform a free, public concert in the Memorial Chapel at Colgate University, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

For information, or a Concert Calendar, call Lorraine Joseph, Concert Coordinator, Colgate University at 228-7642.

The ensemble will present an all original set that blends music styles from fusion and world music genres.  

"The group’s sound has evolved from covering jazz tunes over the past year to writing new organic original tunes," according to Balestra.  

"We all have unique and varied backgrounds, but have the common bond of writing original material that stems from improvisational music," adds Cortese. 

Rick Balestra received his master’s degree in music from Ithaca College in 1992. He is the professor of guitar at SUNY Oswego, Colgate University, and Hamilton College. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony and Pops Orchestra along with playing in the pit for the Syracuse Opera Company and professional theater companies regionally and a number of Jazz Festivals.  

Chris Collabello has performed with Atlas, The Minds Eye, and Groove Attack. The bassists has played with some of the area’s finest musicians including Ronnie Leigh and Larry Arlotta. Chris can be heard recorded on many local artists CDs, including Ed Vivenzio’s and The Mind’s Eye.

Michael Cortese has performed extensively throughout the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City and CNY area with a variety of artists.  He earned his masters degrees in music from Manhattan School of Music and Syracuse Univerisity. He is the assistant professor of music and recording arts at cayuga Community College in Auburn.