Jazz Up Close

Guest artist with Resonant Motion

22 Aug 2019 Middleton, CT


Time : 7-8:30pm
Venue : Middletown Library
Address : 123 Broad Street
State : CT
Zip : 06457
Contact Website : https://russelllibrary.libcal.com/event/5071380

Todd Marcus will be a guest of the series Jazz Up Close series, “Can I Get A Witness – Jazz Composition as Storytelling,” a series of events presenting jazz artists who explore personal narratives and stories through music.  2019 guest artists feature Sanah Kadoura, Joe Locke, Todd Marcus, and Gerald Cleaver.

The series is curated and produced by pianist Noah Baehrman and his nonprofit Resonant Motion.  One of Resonant Motion’s missions is to give people REAL access to the soul and beauty of jazz music. We say “real” access because often simply having a concert occur in a particular community isn’t enough (though it is certainly an important component). Jazz, and especially instrumental jazz, has a layer of abstraction that can initially be off-putting to some would-be listeners. BUT, we have found that this can often be overcome just by giving those folks a bit of understanding – what’s going on in the music, what’s the inspiration behind it and who are the real humans creating it? This is not an academically hoity-toity question of deeply understanding history and theory (though for those motivated accordingly those are exceptionally stimulating areas), this is a much simpler matter of giving people who have ears and emotions a few basic tools with which they can connect those things – to feel the depth of emotions evoked by these sounds.

This is the basis of the Jazz Up Close idea. The artists explain their process and inspiration and attendees get to engage in meaningful dialogue. If you have musical training, great. If you have none whatsoever, great. This access requires nothing more than attentiveness and curiosity.  In past seasons, we’ve featured great talents and communicators such as Freddie Bryant, Steve Wilson, Meg Okura, and Victor Lewis.

For 2019, mark your calendars for April 18 with drummer/composer Sanah Kadoura, June 1 with vibraphonist/composer Joe Locke, August 22 with bass clarinetist/composer/activist Todd Marcus and October 19 with drummer/composer Gerald Cleaver. As always, these events take place at the Russell Library in Middletown, CT and are free and open to the public. We are grateful to again have received a REGI grant to support this work, through the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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