David Dominique starts his seven concert tour at the Ewell Concert Series

David Dominique will lead a seven-piece jazz ensemble in a performance of his original compositions at the next installment of the Ewell Concert Series at the College of William and Mary on Nov. 9.

Dominique is a professor of music composition and theory at William and Mary. He said this performance will be the first of seven to support a new album, “Mask,” which he will release Nov 9.

“The response so far has been humbling and encouraging,” Dominique said. “I’ve heard from a lot of musicians friends … that they find this album really unique.”

The album was written after Dominique lost several close family members in his life at once.

“Losing those people in quick succession had a pretty big impact on me emotionally … but not just in the sense of grieving, but in what I wanted to be doing and who I wanted to be,” Dominique said. “I think that translates into the music, in that much of the compositions in Mask have a bit of a jumpcut sort of surrealistquality to them.”

While he finished composing and recording the music, Dominique thinks the process with the album is still ongoing because he feels performing the album teaches him more about the music.

“The most exciting thing is how people might relate (to the music,)” Dominique said.

Want to attend?

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Ewell Concert Hall, 221 Jamestown Road.

Admission is $5 or free with a valid William and Mary ID.

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