SILVER LAKE — Back to the valley for the 11th year are two of New England’s most versatile jazz musicians, Seacoast pianist Tom Snow and local saxophonist Mike Sakash, performing “Jazz for the Holidays” in a mountaintop home decorated for the season and overlooking Silver Lake.
Due to the popularity of these two talented musicians and their ability to “fill the house,” Snow and Sakash offer two shows again this year — a 3 p.m. matinee performance and an evening set at 7:30 p.m. — both on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Maine-based pianist Snow has developed a loyal and passionate following throughout New England, understandable because his performances bring out the most joyful and playful aspects of jazz.
Sakash, another highly sought-after performer and award-winning local teacher, is recognized for his superb musicality and in-depth knowledge of jazz repertoire.
Bringing Snow and Sakash together, Mountain Top offers this very special opportunity to ring in the holidays with some of the most melodic seasonal tunes played “Snow/Sakash Style,” complimented by a sampling of their own work and that of other composers.
Pianist, bandleader, composer and educator Tom Snow is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Berklee College of Music, and has studied piano with many fine pianists. He has played with numerous jazz luminaries, has done session work on dozens of albums and CDs, and has five CDs of his own. His career has included international tours, solo and with others, spanning three continents. Numerous orchestras including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Kingfield Pops, and the Winston-Salem Symphony have also performed his orchestral arrangements.
For 13 years, Snow was director of jazz studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and is now teaching improvisation, composition, and piano studies from his studio in Yarmouth, Maine, while also working on an eagerly awaited online music course which has just been released to make learning to play accessible and easier for students of all ages. For more information, see tomsnow.com.
Sakash holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in saxophone performance, African American/jazz studies and music education, as well as a master’s degree in jazz studies and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music.
He has studied saxophone with Lynn Klock and Raymond Ricker, improvisation with Yusef Lateef, and jazz composition and arranging with Fred Sturm. Before joining the faculty at Mountain Top Music Center, Mike was associate professor of music at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania.
Currently, Sakash is the director of music at Fryeburg Academy, records and performs widely, and serves as a clinician and guest artist throughout the country. Presented with the Maine Music Educator of the Year Award in 2017, Sakash has been on the teaching faculty of Mountain Top Music Center since 2008, and served as its executive director in 2010 and 2011.
Seats are $35 per person and need to be reserved in advance online by credit card at mountaintopmusic.org/concert-series. The cost of admission to this home concert goes toward the music education of local students.