Zach Collins performed on a recital honoring the contributions of Jim Self (IUP BSEd 1965) to the solo tuba repertoire. The recital, held on Monday, February 19, was part of a week-long residency by Jim Self at the University of Tennessee.
The recital featured music that was either written by Self or that he recorded on one of his solo albums. Collins performed the world premiere performance of Self’s composition “Dozeandeeze” for tuba and piano. The piece was originally written for trombone and piano. Collins also performed “Time Cycles” by Jerry Grant, which Self recorded on his album, The Big Stretch. Collins also participated in a trio, “Denizens,” written for Jim Self and two other Los Angeles-based musicians.
Jim Self is a 1965 graduate of IUP and is one of the premier tubists in the world. He has been one of the most in-demand Los Angeles studio musicians for nearly 40 years. He holds positions with the Hollywood Bowl, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena, and L.A. Opera Orchestras.
Jim Self has been a constant supporter of the IUP Department of Music. He has supported the department with gifts supporting a scholarship brass quintet and an annual Jim and Jamie Self Tuba Scholarship. He has also given funds to form the Jim Self Chamber Brass Collection, housed in the Orendorff Music Library, and he received the Distinguished Alumni Award by IUP in 2003.