There’s nothing like jazz in the winter — making our way through the frozen city to huddle, transfixed in a room with thawing strangers who are also transfixed by the big, warm sounds of strings and horns. Kind of the best, right? We think so and we can’t wait to share those types of experiences with you this season and the shows in our upcoming lineup will deliver those and so much more.Between Measha Brueggergossman’s powerful spirituals and a slate of invigorating experimental music from local artists; there really is something that will appeal to and excite each and every kind of jazz lover.
MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN: SONGS OF FREEDOM
Wednesday, February 15 at 8pm
West End Cultural Centre
Jazz Winnipeg is pleased to present Measha Brueggergosman’s powerful project, “Songs Of Freedom”. Breuggergosman is one of Canada’s foremost opera stars who is got back to her cultural and musical roots with the project, spearheaded last year. Involving a documentary, a journey to her family’s homeland of Cameroon, and an exploration of her Nova Scotian roots, Brueggergosman’s voice shines while taking on these powerful songs of freedom. The importance and impact of the project can, perhaps, best be explained in the singer’s own words:
“I wanted to explore this repertoire because it’s dear to my heart. These spirituals are close to my Christian faith. They are also a very important part of my family’s history. It is the music of my people. The spirituals were born out of a time when my people were oppressed and needed to find a way not only to communicate with each other, but also to express themselves. They created a powerful snapshot of their lives that still resonates with people today. The reason the songs survived so long is because of their immediacy. They have the universality of a mournful yet hopeful existence. They have strength. Every group of people who have held their elbows out to create room for themselves has these kinds of songs.”
We have this tradition in the winter where we present a series featuring Manitoba artists and give them an opportunity to try something new. Whether it’s a brand new project, some creatively risky new songs, or artists trying out a new sound; Nu Sounds is about bold ideas and daring creative pursuits. The results have always been incredible and have delighted, engaged, and challenged the audiences. Jazz Winnipeg is delighted to be presenting this series for 2017 with support from the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and UMFM. We hope you’ll join us at The Park Theatre again this year for the following projects:
MARCO CASTILLO: A TRIBUTE TO HERMETO PASCOAL
With Julian Bradford and Special Guests
Sunday, January 15 at 8pm
Marco Castillo considers the groundbreaking father of post-bossa music, Hermeto Pascoal to be his biggest influence. Pascoal was an eccentric, experimental, virtuosic player, and underrated legend who shaped Brazilian music as we know it. Castillo will pay homage to his hero’s innovative sound and play some originals inspired by the Pascoal sound.
Julian Bradford, and Quincy Davis
With Special Guests
Sunday, March 26 at 8pm