Kris and Jen Allen perform duo at the Black Gate Cultural Centre in Galway, Ireland
“Bring it Home!” is often used as an exhortation to a band of musicians, a call to return all-together to an old theme with new intensity, or to gather disparate voices into one final unified statement. “Bring it Home” has an underlying connotation of getting down to the existential nitty-gritty of grooving hard and emoting unabashedly. To us, the “Bring it Home” series is all about this and more, and a metaphor that works on several levels. We’ll be celebrating “Home” as an emotional landscape, by featuring some of our favorite musicians, and challenging them to present music with deep resonance to their own lives and circumstances. Each concert will be a unique one-time experience of story and song. (Of course we’ll also be literally “Bringing it Home”- to our living room in West Hartford CT!)
Due to the intimacy of the space each concert will be for a gathering of just 20 friends, old, new and soon-to-be. Please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat on the couch! Tickets are $20 and include snacks, drinks, (BYOB for other things) and.... a free CD!!!
Each concert in the series will feature a visual artist.
March artist-in-residence will be New York artist, Noemia Marinho. http://noemiamarinho.com/
This inaugural concert event will feature Jen Allen on piano/synths and melodica, Kris Allen on saxophones, with very special guests Henry Lugo, bass and Rogerio Boccato on percussion!
Their appearance at Lagniappe will feature original music from their records as well as more recent works, in the company of Jean Caze, Dave Chiverton and Eric England.
$25 suggested donation - All proceeds go to the Camp Jewel Fund for Smith STEM School
The opening set at Soup and Sound will display Noah's recent collaboration with singer-songwriter Rani Arbo, a partnership that has given voice to some of his most recent songs with words, many of them musings on the topic of mortality. Following this will be a set by Trio 149 as they prepare to enter the studio a few days later to cut their first album. A two-keyboard collaboration with pianist Jen Allen, the group focuses on uplifting and thought-provoking material, pulling together a variety of musical influences, from John Coltrane, Larry Young, and Thelonious Monk to Stevie Wonder, Sting, and Nina Simone.
$20 Suggested Donation
Come at 7:30 for soup - 1st come, 1st served
The Litchfield Jazz Orchestra will play music the music of Carole King and Carly Simon arranged by Jen Allen. Time TBA
Trio 149 is the brainchild of jazz pianists Jen Allen and Noah Baerman. The unique combination of Baerman’s organ and synthesizer juxtaposed against Allen’s piano, results in an interactive synergy with a richly-textured timber that is at once striking and perfectly blended. With a repertoire dominated by original compositions by both Allen and Baerman, the group finds the sweet spot between modern jazz, classic soul music and other contemporary sounds, an amalgam of John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Sting and many other influences.
Join Kris and myself for some holiday inspired jazz concoctions.