Dear Music Lovers!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Parlor Series at Dupuy’s Landing. After somewhat of a hiatus, we are back with a beautiful line-up for your listening enjoyment.
See below for dates to lock into your diary, but first up news of a new addition to our series, Mary Ann Mc Sweeney’s “Urban Fado Jazz Project”.
We are thrilled to host a CD release party for Mary Ann on 1 October from 3:00 – 5:00 in the parlor at Dupuy’s Landing. McSweeney, a talented bassist and bandleader, a resourceful composer and an imaginative arranger, is based in NYC. Along with being full time professional bassist, she is on the faculty for the Middle School Jazz Academy at Lincoln Center and the New York Jazz Workshop.
Mary Ann McSweeney – Urban Fado Project
Mary Ann McSweeney – Bass
Jason Ennis – Guitar
Marc Mommaas – Saxophone
Nana Simopoulos – Bouzouki, Sitar and Vocals
The beautiful melodies of Fado resonated for me immediately. My great great great Grandparents are from Portugal. This music originated in Portugal around in the 1800’s. The sadness, the sigh of the voice, the story of fate told by the singer inspired me to compose music that is Fado. Images and smells of Portugal have surrounded my process. The music is heard in alleys, clubs and concert halls telling a story of the Portuguese people. The string bass brings a melodic and low supportive voice to the music. I like to keep the form of the traditional Fado song, but I have also expanded it to leave room for improvisation. Musicians can layer their voice onto the form of the piece. Being a long time jazz artist, I bring new grooves and new chord structures to the Fado form. I want to bring a new voice and vibe to this music and share the cultural diversity it has to offer.
Sunday 1 October, Mary Ann McSweeney – Urban Fado Project
Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.
Please join our mailing list for more information. RSVPs are required.
AND COMING UP…. Get your indelible pens out and mark your calendar for the following Parlor Series at Dupuy’s Landing, Sunday afternoon concerts from 3:00 – 5:00 PM
November 19th — Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob
December 3rd — To be announced soon…
December 18th — Robinson and Rohe
January 14th — Michael Blake
Mary Ann McSweeney was born in Aptos, California. She started playing piano at the age of five and then began studying the violin at age 8. In high school she fell in love with the acoustic bass while watching Ray Brown perform at the Concord Jazz Festival. She was chosen to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age 16 with the All Star band fronted by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.
McSweeney has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Joanne Brackeen and Lee Konitz, Gil Goldstein and Bucky Pizzarelli, and played for famous conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Lalo Schifrin, and John Williams. She has performed with Renee Rosness, Vic Juris, Ken Peplowski, Dennis Mackrel, Lewis Nash and Larry Goldings. Mary Ann performed with the Maiden Voyage and Diva Big Bands and performed with her quintet at the Sexial Jazz Festival in Portugal and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
Ms. McSweeney arranged for and recorded with Warner Bros. Artist, Lea Delaria. She toured Europe and performed with David Krakouer’s Klezmer Madness and three time Tony award winning vocalist Audra McDonald. Her orchestrations can be heard on Chita Rivera’s new Cd entitled “Now I Swing.” Her original music can be heard on the webisode about the making of the new show “Allegiance,” which features George Takei.
Along with being full time professional bassist in New York City, McSweeney is on the faculty for the Middle School Jazz Academy at Lincoln Center and the New York Jazz Workshop. She has been working also working with the Fordham Business school in helping facilitate workshops for business students from Turkey, South Africa, China and the Europe.
She recently recorded with award winning jazz baritonist, Claire Daly, on the “Baritone Monk” CD which hit the top 10 on the jazz charts in 2014. She has performed at the White House with the Eli Yamin Quintet for a special event. She has been the musical director/arranger for a three shows at Birdland in New York City featuring Jane Monheit. The program’s included selections from the Cole Porter musical, “Anything Goes,” and a tribute to Irving Berlin.
In May of 2015 she was invited to play for the Gala at the Kennedy Center with a big band conducted by John Clayton with Jeff Hamilton on drums. The artists were Jennifer Holliday, The Puppini Sisters, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson.
She is Currently on a leave of absence from the Tony Award Winning Show of 2014 “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” to tour in South Africa and Ghana performing with world jazz artist Nana Simopoulos.
Guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director. A graduate of Middlebury College (BA in music), Jason attended Berklee College of Music (Boston) and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ennis has performed and/or recorded with Tessa Souter (Motéma Music), Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers Band), Paul McCandless (Oregon, The Paul Winter Consort), The Sonya Kitchell Band (Velour Music, Starbucks Hear Music), Todd Reynolds (Bang on a Can, Steve Reich), The I/O Ensemble under the direction of percussionist Matthew Gold, ac- tor and musician Joe Morton, Mary Ann McSweeney’s Urban Fado Project, The Ramón Ángel-Rey Trio, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, Choro da Manhá, The Julio Botti Quintet, Pablo Ziegler and others. In summer of 2016, he played in the world premier at the Williamstown Theater Festival of the musical Poster Boy, by Craig Carnelia and Joe Tracz. Ennis transcribed and edited a collection of solo guitar arrangements by his friend and mentor, Gene Bertoncini, which was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard Publishing.
Ennis leads his own instrumental group, Trio Jota Sete, and co-leads the world jazz trio, La Voz de Tres, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Chile and has released two CDs: La Voz de Tres (2010) and Sueños y Delirios (2014). His searing blues style is a corner stone of the NYC-based jazz/blues powerhouse group, Opius Bliss, fronted by vocalist Michelle Walker. He is a member of The Thomas Bergeron Ensemble, whose May 2015 release, Sacred Feast, presents re-imaginings of selected works by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and is co-composer and musical director for En Diablada, an original music project by Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, inspired by Andean folkloric traditions.
Since Fall of 2015, Ennis has been a Lecturer in Music at Dartmouth College, where he teaches jazz, world and popular guitar styles. Currently residing in Pittsfield, MA, he teaches guitar privately and at the Berk- shire Music School, is a faculty member at Interplay Jazz in Woodstock, Vermont and has given workshops at colleges and Universities throughout the US and Chile. Jason uses K and K pickup systems and DiGiacomo Custom Switches.
Marc Mommaas comes from a creative background. He grew up with his mother performing and teaching opera and classical piano, and his father in the center of the Dutch art scene using oil on canvas as his art form. During his study in Amsterdam, NL he combined his musical development with a university education (Masters in Comm.Science/Business). After being awarded two Dutch grants (Stichting Podium Kunsten, Prins Bernard Fonds Anjer Fondsen) in 1997, he made the move to New York City.
Once in New York, Marc received a full scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music where he completed his Masters in Jazz Performance. Upon graduating he was awarded the William H. Borden Award, given to only one student selected from the graduating class for outstanding achievement.
Marc made his debut as a leader in his 1999 recording Global Motion Trio with Nikolaj Hess (piano) and John Hebert (bass). In 2001 the acclaimed drummer Tony Moreno joined the group which became Global Motion. In 2003 after an extensive tour in Europe including a 5 day hit at the Pompoen in Amsterdam, the band returned to NYC and recorded Global Motion, released by Sunnyside Records. This release earned critical acclaim in Downbeat, Jazztimes, Jazzimprov, All About Jazz and numerous online platforms. This record was followed by another well received Sunnyside release titled Balance (2006), a long anticipated duo recording with pianist and longtime friend Nikolaj Hess. In 2010 he jumped into a new project born out of his extensive collaboration with drummer Tony Moreno. It became “Landmarc, the guitar project”, a band with three guitars, sax, drums and no bass. The touring band includes two guitars, Vic Juris and Nate Radley. In 2013 Marc released his solo Saxophone project “Irreversible Momentum” inspired and in commemoration of his father who passed away in 2009, and in early 2016 a new release came out including ballads and standards in collaboration with Nikolaj Hess and guests Vic Juris and Thomas Morgan. This recording is the counterpoint of Balance, originals versus standards.
TOURS and EDUCATION
Marc has toured the world with many formations including the Amina Figarova sextet, and with other formations lead by Tony Moreno, Tim Horner, Armen Donelian, Sebastian Noelle and many more. He played all the main stages, from the New Port Jazz Festival to Carnegy Hall. Besides his impressive career as a saxophonist and improviser he also made his mark as an educator. He co-founded the New York Jazz Workshop with Marco Chelo and Hudson Jazz Works with Armen Donelian, a faculty member of the New School, has given masterclasses on conservatoria across the globe, and is an in demand saxophone and composition teacher in NYC.
Marc is currently working on a text book on “a rhythmic approach of improvisation and composition for linear instruments”, a recording project with Global Motion in collaboration with a string quartet and several project based arrangements. Next on the agenda is a guest appearance at Columbia University in November 2016 and a lecture at the Jazz Education Network Congress in new Orleans in January 2017.
Nana Simopoulos is considered one of the foremost composers of world fusion music. She artfully blends sounds and textures from around the world. The late Indian sarangi master Ustad Sultan Khan accompanied her on her last two releases, After The Moon, 1997 and Daughters Of The Sun, 2001, which was #1 on the NAV New Age and World radio charts. “She has succeeded in blending the products of various cultures…” claims German press. In 1984, Nana’s first album Pandora’s Blues featuring bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins, won critic’s choice from DOWNBEAT Magazine. She later recorded two critically acclaimed releases on Germany’s Enja Records; Wings and Air in 1987 featuring bassist Charlie Haden, trumpeter Don Cherry and saxophonist Jim Pepper, Still Waters in 1989 with bassist Chip Jackson. In 1992 B&W Music released the beautiful Gaia’s Dream.
Her latest album Skins, 2016 includes mystic poetry from Rumi, Hafez, Owl Woman, Mahsati Ganjavi and Kojijuu. Featuring Dave Liebman on Saxophone, Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi and Royal Hartigan on drums.
Nana’s performances include appearances with Oscar winner Tan Dun as a soloist on sitar in Marco Polo with the New York City Opera and the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy. She has also performed widely with her ensemble in venues such as the Montreux Music Festival and appears on their compilation CD Live at the B&W Montreux Music Festival, Vol. II. Her performance at the Warsaw Electronic Festival in October 2007 received remarkably high attendance. She performed at Symphony Space in the Wall-to-Wall Joni Mitchell event with Opera diva Lauren Flanigan and at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz festival with the Mary Ann McSweeney sextet. Her ensemble, World Music of Nana, performed at the Rubin Museum with Brazilian percussionist Café Da Silva and Merkin Hall with the late Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi and David Liebman on saxophone. In September she conducted 40 musicians from Tibet, India, Turkey, Africa, Israel and Greece in a 9/11 Memorial Service at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City in an original composition called I Will Remember You http://nana.net/video/sept-11-st-john-the-divine/
In November of 2011 she composed and conducted music for LiquidBody Dance’s performance of Resonant Streams: An Ancient Call as part of the six-month art series on The Value of Water at thre Cathedral of St John the Divine. http://nana.net/dancescores/resonant-streams/
She has written numerous commissions for dance companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem with former Pilobolus choreographer Peter Pucci, the Joffrey Ballet, The American Dance Festival, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theater and choreographer Caryn Heilman, alumnus of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Her composition “Vessel” was performed by the Westfield Symphony Orchestra in a concert with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in an event called Music In Motion. She has conducted and performed her original music with ensembles at the performances of Joyce theatre in New York, the Cathedral of St John the Divine, on Broadway and at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
Nana has also written scores for films such as the Domain of the Senses; Touch as well as scores for the theatrical productions of Antigone Through Time, presented at the New York City Fringe Festival and Conversations With the Goddesses, produced by Soho Repertory Theatre. She has written scores for two musicals, An Absolute Mystery, which premiered at La Mama, etc., and Matrix Maison, presented at Dixon place, New York City. She also wrote the music for the off Broadway show Studs Turkel’s American Dreams, Lost and Found, which toured the U.S. and opened at the Lucielle Lortel Theater in New York. During this time the Acting Company received a TONY award for excellence in theater. She is currently performing with her world jazz ensemble.