Saturday, April 13, 2013
|Location||Benson Great Hall|
|Directions||Directions to Bethel University and Benson Great Hall.|
|Cost||Free, no admission charge.|
|Sponsors||Department of Music|
After 18 months of composition, which began while he was still living in New York City, prolific composer/pianist, Jeremy Walker, will debut an evening-length work Seven Psalms for jazz quartet, solo voice, and choir. Walker was first in the spotlight as former Artistic Director of “Jazz is NOW!” and as founder of Brilliant Corners jazz club which was voted by Downbeat magazine as one of the “100 Great Jazz Clubs Worldwide” with Walker being named City Pages “Best Local Impresario, 2003.” Walker’s compositions have been a cornerstone of his bands including The Bootet, the NOWnet, Boxcar (featuring Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson), Small City Trio, and Boot Camp. Known primarily for his work with instrumentalists, Seven Psalms is Walker’s first evening-length work, and his first to incorporate voice, using soloist Jason Harms and a choir of 20 members from the Twin Cities choral community. The project includes Boot Camp bandmate, Brandon Wozniak (saxophone), and longtime members of Small City Trio, Jeff Brueske (bass) and Tim Zhorne (drums).
Jazz, contemporary classical, country, and blues influences resonate throughout Seven Psalms, a subject Walker chose because of its universal themes and humanity. He is using the complete texts from Psalms 3, 6, 13, 22, 126, 130, and 131.
“I wanted to work on something that would push my imagination as far as possible, that would make me use everything I could hear,” said Walker. “The Psalms are ancient and beautiful, and because I don’t abridge or interpret them, the musical settings have to be as deep and free as I can manage.”
After its debut, Seven Psalms will be booked as a community music project, connecting the instrumentalists and soloist with community, college/university, and church choirs countrywide. Seven Psalms is a Department of Music faculty recital including Bethel University Jazz Band Director, Jason Harms and adjunct faculty, Jeff Brueske.
A "first read-through" video of Psalm Six with the quartet is available online.