Thursday, August 15, 2013

Feel the Rhythm of Matt Wilson's Carl Sandburg Project at #BPNewMusic

Bryant Park is thrilled to host Matt Wilson's Carl Sandburg Project in this week's installment of the New Music in Bryant Park series. One of America's most celebrated jazz artists, Matt Wilson enjoys critical and popular acclaim, and has performed at state dinners at the Obama White House. He is known for his talents as a composer, bandleader, producer, and percussionist, and for his sense of humor. Matt's work is prolific, and includes work with celebrated jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, and Jane Ira Bloom, who will take the Bryant Park New Music stage next Friday, August 23.

Matt will perform his Carl Sandburg Project, a piece commissioned by Chamber Music America. To create the piece, Matt read aloud the poems of Carl Sandburg, a distant relative of his, searching for ways to translate the spoken poem's rhythm to the language of jazz. The pieces in the Carl Sandburg Project use Sandburg's texts as lyrics, recitations, and as inspirations for sonic explorations. Jazz aficionados and Sandburg fans alike will enjoy basking in the crossroads of these two genres.
Matt Wilson has appeared on over 250 CDs as a sideman.
All commissioned pieces in the New Music in Bryant Park series are funded by Chamber Music America. Funding for the CMA's commissioning programs is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

New Music in Bryant Park with Matt Wilson's Carl Sandburg Project
Friday, August 16
Upper Terrace

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