July 12: The May Brothers in Concert — An Evening of Jazz
Augustana alumni Dr. Daniel May '80 and his brother, Benjamin May '89, present "An Evening of Jazz" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12, in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is hosted by Augustana College and all proceeds will go toward the South Sudan Khor Wakow School Project. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12, available from a Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls or at the door.
Daniel May had a very musical upbringing — both of his parents were his music teachers. His father, Dr. Walter May, was a noted composer, Augustana College professor and music department chair. His mother, Mary Eleanor May, is a beloved piano and cello teacher in Sioux Falls. After graduating from Washington High School and Augustana College, May studied music composition at the University of Connecticut, where he received a Master's degree in music composition and music theory. He then went to Ithaca, N.Y., to study music composition at Cornell University.
After earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cornell, May relocated to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1986. For the next 20 years, he worked steadily in Los Angeles as a composer for feature films, television and, most notably, IMAX films. Career highlights include his score to the award-winning IMAX film Everest. In his film scores, Daniel has collaborated with George Harrison (Everest), Sting (The Living Sea and Dolphins), Lindsay Buckingham (Adventures in Wild California) and The Moody Blues (Journey into Amazing Caves).
Additionally, May is a jazz pianist and has recorded extensively with some of the world's foremost jazz artists, including Joe Pass, Ron Eschete, Sam Most, Grant Geissman, Eric Merienthal and Joe Negri.
During his career, May has produced and recorded more than 50 CD projects — most notably for Somerset Entertainment in Toronto. He is currently the co-music director of an ambitious on-going nightly jazz series at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.
All proceeds raised by this concert will benefit the Khor Wakow School Project. The Project was created to support the Khor Wakow villages, located along the Khor Wakow River in South Sudan. Funds raised will be used to construct a school, drill water wells, and install automated corn grinding mills. The Project aims to give all children at any age level access to basic education in the Khor Wakow villages. Learn more about the Khor Wakow School Project.