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Uncajed Melodies IV celebrates UWI milestones

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 4:26 PMKimberley Small

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the 50th anniversary of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA) on the Mona Campus, the University Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) will stage Uncajed Melodies IV.

"This enthusiastic conglomerate of UWI students and guests will try to feature another very exciting mixture of classical music, jazz, as well as vocal renditions, interspersed with items performed by the wind ensemble," executive director of Music Unites Jamaica Foundation, Rosina Christina Moder, told The Gleaner. According to Moder, CAJE members are voluntary and unpaid, sustained by their individual love of playing music.

"It combines members of two distinct musical groups, the classical ensemble and the jazz ensemble. The classical ensemble mainly comprises a group of string and wind instruments players who play mostly classical music, while the jazz ensemble is a group of players of popular band instruments. The combined groups number approximately 30 musicians," Moder said. 

CAJE consists of the UWI Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, Vocal Group, String Quartet and Wind Ensemble. CAJE was created at UWI’s Mona Campus in 2013. Led by Peter Ashbourne, the group features present students of UWI, staff members of the university and a few specially invited guest performers. CAJE performs regularly throughout the year, often at university related events, but their highlight performance takes place during the annual concert season at the PSCCA.   

The first CAJE season in March 2014 was titled The Waters of March. The following year, the season titled Uncajed Melodies played to larger audiences. That name has since been maintained as the title of the show, thus Uncajed Melodies IV will take place on Saturday April 14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

"At the finale everyone will come together and play a medley of Disney melodies, arranged by their musical director Peter Ashbourne," an enthusiastic Moder told The Gleaner. Uncajed Melodies IV will also feature the PSCCA's new director of music, Gay Magnus, as steelpan soloist.

CAJE will be performing international and Jamaican music, including compositions by Ashbourne.  In addition, Ashbourne arranged a Bob Marley song for both sections of CAJE, to be presented in  a classical form and a jazz fusion form. 

Children 12 years old and under will attend the event free.