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Eliot Street Soirée presents The Why
Eliot Street Soirée at First Church in Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain, MA
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Eliot Street Soirée presents The Why
Eliot Street Soirée presents The Why, a chamber-jazz quartet featuring piano, cello, upright bass, and hand percussion. These instruments bring listeners into unexpected sonic landscapes not usually associated with improvised jazz.  Combined in new ways with dance rhythms from many cultures, the music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.   The joyful expression of this musical intimacy, the shimmering transparency of the sound, and the sense that these musicians are as much involved in listening as in playing makes for compelling and memorable performances.    

Color - Light - Texture - Movement - Feeling - Connection.
Just asking the question begins everything.  The Why

Pianist and composer Bert Seager has released fifteen CDs internationally.  He teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in its Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments and is a three-time winner of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

Cellist and arranger Catherine Bent, originally from London, was on the vanguard of crossover string players in New York in the 90s, performing everywhere from Broadway shows to the Knitting Factory.  Catherine also performs in Rio de Janeiro with the legendary choro group Época de Ouro.  She is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music.

Hand percussionist, Dor Herskovits, uses an "organic drumset" of global instruments including cajons and frame drums, His original jazz drumming, inspired by Middle- Eastern styles of music, has him collaborating with many top performers.

Contrabassist, Sean Farias, can be heard performing with an eclectic array of performers throughout New England.  In 2009 Sean recorded on the PBS documentary "The Mosque In Morgantown," named Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.


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Eliot Street Soirée at First Church in Jamaica Plain (View)
6 Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
United States


Music > Global
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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