Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jane Ira Bloom: Scientific Musician, or Musical Scientist? Decide at #BPNewMusic

Jane Ira Bloom leads her eponymous quartet this week at New Music at Bryant Park. The Jane Ira Bloom Quartet will push the boundaries of jazz this week by performing music inspired by science. 

This is this season's second-to-last New Music in Bryant Park performance.
A saxophonist herself, Jane Ira Bloom writes music inspired by outer and inner space and is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz. "I’ve always been intrigued by the interaction of art and science and particularly the psychological aspect of improvising," she says. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that she is the first commissioned musician for NASA (that's right--the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and has an asteroid named in her honor by the International Astronomical Union (asteroid 6083janeirabloom).
Jane Ira Bloom is critically-acclaimed for her accomplishments on the soprano saxophone. 
Jane Ira Bloom's commissioned piece is entitled "Mental Weather."  This suite of jazz compositions takes inspiration from both Freud's ideas about unconscious processes in dreams and also recent discoveries in neuroscience. She will be joined by bandmates Dawn Clement on piano and Matt Wilson on drums. You may remember Matt from his performance on the New Music in Bryant Park stage just last week.    
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 Jane Ira Bloom Quartet
Friday, August 23
Upper Terrace

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