Poetry and jazz unite for “Sung with Words”
BRATTLEBORO- The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes Helen Sung and celebrates her project, “Sung With Words,” on Saturday, January 19, at 8 pm, at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill.
The pianist and composer will present a new body of work that embodies the alliance of poetry and jazz and then takes it to new places. The performers in the octet are Helen Sung (piano and composition), Jason Palmer (trumpet), John Ellis (woodwinds), Christie Dashiell and Alina Engibaryan (vocals), David Wong (bass), Kush Abadey (drums), and Samuel Torres (percussion).
“Sung with Words,” is a collaboration between Sung and California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia. Together they have crafted a synergistic repertoire that digs deep even while some of the material is playful and beckons the listeners to revisit their own jazz experiences in times gone by. The depth of the work can be found in the seriousness of the compositions, the complexity of the arrangements, and the multilayered meanings of the language. The playfulness can be discovered in some of the subject matter and the drama that unfolds in both the music and the narrative. The sum of the parts is a delightful journey of poetry and song woven into ingenious musical arrangements.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students with ID. For more information visit www.vtjazz.org.