Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Music from Yellow Barn / Songs of Refuge and Resistance Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies

October 17, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Music from Yellow Barn: Songs of Refuge and Resistance, the Soundings season opener, is a brilliant example of what makes the series so essential. This concert features the talent melding of Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann with the New York-based “accidental brass quartet” The Westerlies.

Bleckmann, a German expat who’s called New York home for the past 30 years, is a phenom, often stretching the boundaries of his clarion tenor with ethereal electronic effects. Songs of Refuge and Resistance was first presented at Yellow Barn in the summer of 2018, but its timeliness has not diminished. The program includes original compositions from Bleckmann and members of The Westerlies, as well as songs from Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, Bertolt Brecht and Paul Dessau, Judee Sill, Phil Kline, legendary union organizer Joe Hill, and others. “Whatever time you’re living in there’s always music that speaks to it,” Seth Knopp observes, “and its power rises above things that are happening around it and the climate in which it’s being created.” Music from Yellow Barn: Songs of Refuge and Resistance makes for a diverse, rewarding experience.

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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Jessie and Charles Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, John W. Dayton, and the Friends of Soundings. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. 

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