Ekta: The Unity Project

Jasnam Daya Singh plays piano and leads PJCE in a performance of his Ekta: The Unity Project, an evening-length piece dedicated to cultivating a collective sense of belonging. Presented in cooperation with PDX Jazz.

Singh's Ekta, commissioned by PJCE for the Montavilla Jazz Festival in 2017, is a multi-movement suite that incorporates a wide-range of tributaries of the jazz stylistic river—Brazilian choro and samba of Singh's country of birth, expansive European jazz and classical styles, and high-energy straight-ahead jazz. The piece embodies Singh's musical interests but also expresses personal truths drawn from his journey as an immigrant and eventual citizen of the United States and his conversion to Sikhism.

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Jimmie Herrod: Transgression and Transcendence

With “a voice like a beacon of hope” (Seattle Times) vocalist and composer Jimmie Herrod sings a collection of his own songs that acknowledge abuse he experienced as a child and discuss the transcendence from and consequence of such experiences for himself and survivors of abuse more broadly.

Jimmie Herrod is known increasingly around the world as a larger-than-life vocalist, having performed internationally with Pink Martini and having recently appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Matching poetic and melodic imagination with his technical prowess as a singer, Herrod steps forward in this concert as a composer as well.

In two parts, Herrod will present a collection of songs written originally for his undergraduate senior recital (Cornish College of the Arts - 2013) which depict the realization of the events which transpired and the subsequent internal dialogue. The second part will consist of new songs that illustrate life after trauma, a restorative perspective, correcting the idea of a broken image, and looking at oneself as whole.

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