Alma Gentil: Early Baroque Meets Jazz

Friday, November 11 2016 7:30 p.m.
Landmark Center, St. Paul

Sunday, November 13 2:00 2016 p.m.
Landmark Center, St. Paul

Consortium Carissimi invites you to the launch of their 10th Anniversary Season with an evening of baroque and jazz music titled Alma Gentil.

This concert also highlights the poetry of G.B. Marino (1569-1625), held to be one of the greatest Italian poets of all time. Marino’s work will be featured in six early Italian baroque madrigals and in the world premiere of five pieces by jazz composer, Jeremy Walker. These poetic texts for both early baroque and jazz range from the expressions of love and betrayal, to philosophical or religious sentiments of destiny and things unseen.

Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director notes, “As Consortium Carissimi celebrates its 10th Anniversary, we want to welcome music listeners of all kinds—whether it’s their first introduction to the ensemble and the music we love, or the first time they’ve seen us push the boundaries as we delve into the world of jazz. It will be an evening of bringing the forgotten to life—connecting the new with the old.”

Jeremy Walker, who serves as Artistic Director of Jazz in the Atrium at Orchestra Hall, is a Minneapolis-based pianist and composer known for his genre-bending projects. His approach to this composition is that of freedom, “Jazz is about freedom of self-expression, so although these works ostensibly span distant genres, separated by centuries, it is at its heart jazz music.” Walker’s recent evening-length works include The Rage of Achilles (opera/classical voice plus jazz instrumentation) and 7 Psalms featuring the debut of the American Public Media Radio Choir.

Comeaux reveals Alma Gentil was years in the making, “This project was conceived twenty years ago when I had the chance to discuss the similarities between an early baroque score and a jazz chart with the late Kenny Wheeler (jazz flugelhorn). We agreed that the common thread between these two styles of music was the simple bass line upon which colors of voices and instruments loosely carved out a harmonic structure. We agreed that the texts produced the melodic lines (not the other way around) thereby giving great freedom for improvisation by the musician, whether instrumentalist or singer.”

We look forward to seeing you there!