Pianist Amy Bormet brings the Washington Women in Jazz festival back for another year of creative and inspiring music at a variety of venues around the DC area next month. Visit http://washingtonwomeninjazz.com/ for more details about artists and venues.
The DC Jazz Composers Collective will be performing new music in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Schlesinger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 30th at 6:30pm. The compositions are designed to compliment the photography of the Small Collective, a group of photographers who met while studying photography at Northern Virginia Community College.
“Defining Spaces: Explorations of the surroundings that tell our stories”. Photography using platinum, silver gelatin, and inkjet printing methods. The exhibit runs April 29th-June 15th.
Here is an exciting recent project that Kevin Pace and Gene D’Andrea worked on in collaboration with visual artist Britt Conley:
The project involved Britt listening to some of our compositions, painting each of us a piece that visually represented that music and then us in turn composing a new piece interpreting her new paintings. Britt is a musician herself and her paintings are full of rhythmic ideas to be inspired by.
We performed the pieces at the Lorton Workhouse Arts center along with saxophonist John Kocur and drummer Andrew Hare. Britt’s other works can be seen on her blog brittconley.com
The Collective returns to Twins Jazz on Saturday, March 2nd after a great performance the previous evening with Brian Settles. Joining Kevin Pace and Bobby Muncy will be the fabulous Amy Bormet on piano and the always in-demand Mike Smirnoff on drums. Sets start at 8 & 10pm.
We have a gig coming up at the Phillips Collection which is a nice art museum in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC. It is Thursday, March 1st from 5-8:30pm. Here is the museum’s page on the event:
Hope to see you there!