Resonance Jazz Ensemble
Tempos of Summer
Nancy Bien, cello; Ted Burik, bass; Greg German, drums; Georgianna Krieger, saxophones; Michelle Mastin, viola; Stephen McQuarry, piano & leader; Michèle Walther, violin; Laura Austin Wiley, vocals & flute
Resonance Jazz, a unique octet, performs a fusion of jazz, classical, and experimental music genres playing works by composers Chick Corea, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, and Gershwin. In this special concert for Old First Concerts they will be premiering original compositions by band members Michèle Walter, Laura Wiley, Georgianna Krieger and Steve McQuarry. Empty Rockets by Georgianna Krieger is a whimsical calypso tune about the triumph of peace over conflict. Contingency Plans by Laura Austin Wiley was inspired by Wayne Shorter’s popular jazz tune, Footprints. Laura comments: “It’s a modal tune about what we do when the plans in life don’t work out the way they are supposed to. It’s about resilience, growth and recovery.” Valentine’s Walz by Michèle Walther was written on Valentine’s Day for her husband Ronnie, which she describes as a “piece with a playful character, like my husband’s”. Bandleader Stephen McQuarry introduces his new jazz originals and arrangements of tunes with summers spirited and languorous tempos for this concert.