Faculty/Guest Recital: Pulse

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Faculty/Guest Recital: Pulse

Date: 04/01/2023
Time: 8:00 PM

Fynes Hall, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front St

Pulse is a quartet collectively formed by its members to explore modern jazz and to cultivate a unique approach grounded in the sound of the Midwest. All music performed is composed by the quartet.

Pulse members:
Brad Wagner – saxophones
Anthony Fuoco – piano
Aidan Plank – bass
Dustin May – drums

If you are unable to log in simultaneously to the live performance, the recording typically remains available throughout the remainder of the day, so you will be able to enjoy the program that evening as well.


A few minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin, simply click on the link below and be sure to adjust your speakers. Finally, sit back and enjoy the outstanding performance.


For a complete list of live stream events, visit bw.edu/schools/conservatory-music/events/live.

More About Pulse:

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, bassist Aidan Plank enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. Aidan played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University. – http://aidanplank.com/

Brad Wagner is from Akron, Ohio, and has a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Brad has studied with Rick VanMatre, Brad Goode, Phil DeGreg, John Von Ohlen, Marc Fields, and others. Brad Wagner has been a member of many jazz groups including: Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Moustache Yourself, The Hendectet Jazz Collective, The ABC Trio, Pulse, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Black Dog Octet, The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sam Blakeslee’s Large Group, and can be seen playing in other jazz groups, pit orchestras, latin, and pop music groups around North East Ohio. Brad plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone saxophones, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and also works as a composer and arranger.

Anthony Fuoco is a lecturer at Baldwin Wallace University and is the coordinator of secondary piano. He currently teaches courses in piano, pedagogy and jazz. His musical interests include improvisation, composition and classical piano repertoire. As a pianist, Fuoco frequently performs as a member of groups such as the Pulse Quartet (with Brad Wagner, Aidan Plank, and Dustin May), the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Wedmedyk/Fuoco duo. In 2020, he and William Wedmedyk released their recording Finding Home, featuring their compositions and improvisations. He has also collaborated with well-known artists such as Joe Lovano, Carmen Castaldi, Jamey Haddad and John Daversa. In 2019, his performance with Joe Lovano at the BopStop was recorded and featured on the NPR program Jazz Night in America. He also has extensive experience performing the classical piano duo repertoire with his wife, Christine Fuoco. Degrees earned are an M.M. in piano performance from the University of Illinois, and a B.M. in piano performance from SUNY Potsdam.

Dustin May earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from YSU in 2012 and is currently an adjunct jazz faculty member at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, has taught applied percussion at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and is a freelance musician in Northeast Ohio. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Dustin had the privilege of studying drum set with Jim Curlis and Jim Rupp. Dustin’s active freelance career has allowed him to play with many great artists such as Teddy Pantelas, Jeff Grubbs, Wilbur Krebs, Ernie Riggins, Pat Crossley, Frank Cunimondo, Kip Reed, Bobby Selvaggio, Ashley Summers, Tom Scott, Brad Wagner, Chris Anderson, Tony Spicer, Theron Brown, Sam Blakeslee, Chris Coles, Dave Morgan, Aidan Plank and many more. Dustin can be heard on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s Forms of Things Unknown, the Youngstown Jazz Collective’s Absent Dreamers, Bobby Selvaggio’s Quantum Man and Sam Blakeslee’s Large Ensemble Live at Blu Jazz.