Gifted Student Groups Will Perform Under Direction of  Dr. Bill Bares, Zack Page at White Horse Black Mountain

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—The long Appalachian tradition of music excellence continues to this day and will be on full display on Wednesday, Nov. 6 when the University of North Carolina Asheville presents a special double bill of prize student ensembles at White Horse Black Mountain.  The UNCA Xtet, a small jazz group under the direction of Dr. Bill Bares, and the UNCA Brazilian Ensemble, under the direction of Zack Page, will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event and $6 for students . Doors open at 7 p.m.  For more information, go to or call 828-669-0816.

Dr. Bares, a pianist/scholar who received his Ph.D in ethnomusicology in 2009 from Harvard University under the mentorship of Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, has spent much of the past decade researching European jazz and playing professionally on the European scene. 

He taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory before taking a job as assistant professor of music and co-director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in 2011. Bares is active in Asheville’s thriving musical community as an educator, musician and promoter. He was the solo pianist in the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s debut of Rhapsody in Blue.

Page, who has been performing as a professional bassist since the early ’90s, has worked with various jazz ensembles, theater companies, and the cruise industry in all 50 U.S. States, the Caribbean islands, Australia, South America, Europe and the Far East.

While in college, Zack had the chance to play at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

In a jazz setting, Zack has had the good fortune to play and/or record with Billy Higgins, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Marvin Stamm, Eddie Daniels and Babik Reinhardt, the son of legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.  Following time spent in Los Angeles and New York City, Zack and his family relocated to Asheville, NC where he enjoys a busy freelance schedule with many of North Carolina’s finest musicians, including The Page Brothers Quartet, The Archrivals, The Hard Bop Explosion, Alien Music Club, Wendy Hayes Quartet, Crybaby, Satin Steel, and Russ Wilson. He also plays with One Leg Up, Asheville’s gypsy jazz band.