Dave Fox, a Greensboro College music professor, composer and performer, will conclude his national "Tour de Meldavia" with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on campus.
Admission is free, and the public is invited.
The performance will end a national tour that took Fox as far afield as Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona.
In his career, the inventive keyboardist-composer has created a distinctive and appealing musical personality along with more than his share of memorable music. He is easily recognizable whether playing modern mainstream jazz, avant-garde explorations, rock or original classical pieces. Fox has recorded a series of colorful and stimulating CDs that seem destined to make him well known throughout the United States as a creative musical force.
Since 2004, Fox has released a series of critically-acclaimed recordings in the jazz world, including Gatewalk (Assembled Sound), If These Songs Could Talk (BigDogApplewood Records), and Home Again, featuring Bruce Eisenbeil (Konnex). He has also recorded with the saxophonist Frank Gratkowski and the improvising Wildman himself, Eugene Chadbourne.
Two years ago he released an album that has perhaps gained him the most notoriety thus far. Farewell Arigemon, by the Fox-led Meldavians, was made with friends Melissa Reaves and Scott Sawyer and has established him as a production force of creative quality. Named after a mythical country from another planet, the Meldavians have become popular in North Carolina, with the pianist billing himself as "Dr. Drave."
As a songwriter during 2012-13 his originals "A Lot Less Philosophy" and "Seventeenth Day" were semi-finalists in the Song Of The Year contest while his "Meldavian Dream" was a runner-up.
Fox holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an Ed.D. from Columbia University. He joined the Greensboro College faculty in 1990.