Baruch's Professor Marlowe Turns From English and Journalism to Music Composition and Performance
New York, NY – May 14, 2008 –Eugene Marlowe, professor of English at Baruch College, has had a long and distinguished career in media and public relations. But his love for and interest in music finally got the better of him. “When I was 52, I decided that the compositional urge was so strong in me that I had better go back to school,” he says. And despite his teaching duties and consulting work, Marlowe did just that, earning a CUNY bachelor of arts in music in 1998 and a master’s degree in musical composition from Hunter College in 2001. The degrees proved to be just the start.
In the last few years, Gene Marlowe, has been composing, performing and recording like never before. At an age when most people start to think about retiring, Marlowe is just getting into the groove of this, his latest career. His music is eclectic—a hybrid of the many styles he knows and loves: jazz, swing, Latin, classical -- even traditional Hebrew folk melodies are grist for his musical mill. At Baruch, he sometimes performs at College receptions and social gatherings, but is best known as the senior co-chair of the annual Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series. The Hinton series, Marlowe notes, introduced him to “all kinds of people I might not otherwise have met.”
Marlowe’s musical accomplishments include four CDs, among them, Wonderful Discovery and album of Latin jazz compositions played by the virtuoso pianists Arturo O’Farrill & Friends; an album of melodic jazz and swing entitled A Summer Afternoon with You and an album of 20 classically inspired style chansons (songs) performed by the pianist Nada Loutfi. Perhaps most remarkable of all, Marlowe has recorded an album of traditional Hebrew liturgical music re-imagined and performed with a contemporary jazz sensibility. Entitled Making Music of Our Own, the album was performed by Marlowe himself with a group he calls the Heritage Ensemble, formed expressly to perform melodies from the Hebrew songbook.
Marlowe, who plays the keyboard with gusto, performs a mix of popular and jazz standards with his ensemble at a variety of venues around town: community centers, synagogues, private parties. He won’t, however, be performing on May 20th at NYU. On that day his classical composition “The Caverns of Carlsbad”, which will be performed by a quartet of trombones at the Frederick Lowe Theater. He’ll be in the audience, paying close attention to every note.