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Brian Mital and Geeda Searfoorce to Leave the
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
BURLINGTON, VT — Brian Mital and Geeda Searfoorce, both longtime employees of the
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, will leave the Festival in August.
Mital, the managing director of the Festival, has spent the last ten years refining and expanding the
Festival. Under Mital’s leadership, the Festival became ten days long with the addition of a second
weekend; the Waterfront World Tent brought reggae and international jazz and blues performers
to Burlington; late-night FlynnSpace performances provided access to up-and-coming artists and
legendary performers alike in an intimate setting; and clubs, bars, and restaurants offered music to
their patrons throughout the ten days.
Mital says he feels fortunate to have the Festival present such artists as McCoy Tyner, Sonny
Rollins, Dianne Reeves, Andrew Hill, Esperanza Spalding, and Béla Fleck in such diverse musical
settings. “I will also remember the nights that were such a powerful celebration of our community,
like Levon Helm, Belizbeha, and Trey Anastasio Band,” he says. “Other standouts are too many to
mention, but I’m also in awe of the genius you hear every night in clubs and bars with the wealth
of talent we have in Vermont.”
Searfoorce, the Festival’s associate director, began her tenure in 2006. Throughout her time with
the Festival, support and awareness have grown tremendously. Her work with the Festival helped
to brand it as one of the Top 10 Festivals in the World, according to the Chicago Review Press’s
Music Festival Guide. She says, “The most overwhelming piece of my tenure is how these ten
days in June make you fall in love with this community and Vermont all over again every year.”
Both Mital and Searfoorce credit the Festival’s success to the continued long-time partnership and
foundation of support from Northfield Savings Bank, as well as the support of local and regional
businesses that believe in the Festival’s impact on the state.
John Killacky, executive director of the Flynn, states, “Brian and Geeda’s tenure, along with
recently retired Artistic Director Arnie Malina, transformed the Festival into one of the most
important jazz events in this country. They will truly be missed, but we look forward to working
with all of them in myriad ways in the future. This summer, as we prepare to celebrate the
Festival’s 30th anniversary, the Festival advisory board, the city, and various other stakeholders
will meet to craft its future along with Steve MacQueen, the Flynn’s new artistic director.
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Doreen Kraft, executive director of Burlington City Arts, praised the Festival directors, “Brian and
Geeda provided stellar leadership for a complex, fast-paced community Festival. They
championed the importance of many free events, educational programs, and student performances
that give the community tremendous accessibility and opportunity to discover jazz.”
Mital is leaving the Festival in early August to join Nectar’s Entertainment Group, where he will
be involved with business development, national talent buying, and new strategic partnerships.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Nectar’s talent buyer Alex Budney for years, and I’m
looking forward to teaming up with him full-time to continue to bring a diverse array of
programming to this region and beyond.
Searfoorce will be dedicating more time to writing, acting, and teaching. She will stay connected
to the Flynn through teaching writing classes for the Vermont Young Playwright’s program and
acting classes and camps for kids and adults through FlynnArts.
The search to replace Mital and Searfoorce will begin this summer.