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Phil Collins receives an honorary doctorate in Graz (KUG)

Written by on May 23, 2019

Graz. The Rectorship and the Senate of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz (KUG) have decided, on the initiative of the Jazz Institute, to award an honorary doctorate for the first time in the history of the house. No one less honored than the US-based world star Phil Collins, who has been successful for decades as a drummer and singer of Genesis and as a soloist. The award is given to the singer, composer, composer, actor and author of books for his excellent services in the essential area (for the KUG) of jazz and popular music. Collins will participate in a round table with Graz students, but will not play at the concert.

Collins has been awarded seven Grammy awards so far and has been an element in the international music business for decades. Stylistically, the versatile singer, percussionist, composer and composer is as versed in jazz as in pop and in the relevant areas of intersection, according to Kunstuni: “In a diversity, openness and courage to delimit the access in relief to art, the Teaching and Research is with the artist Phil Collins and the Graz University of the Arts. “A personal connection was made through the Institute Jazz, whose collaboration with Phil Collins should be further deepened in the future,” he said.

The concert and ceremony was held on May 22 as a closed event. Before that there will be a round table at 4 pm at the theater in the KUG palace with the students. Just two weeks later, there is another appearance of the British superstar, but in a less intimate setting: on June 2, Collins plays a concert at the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna.

The honorary doctorate will also be presented at a concert on Vine Street Horns, where Luis Bonilla will play, who recently served as a jazz trombone teacher at KUG. Brad Cole is the musical director, the old keyboardist of Collins.

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