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The Wild Woman of Jazz!
Live music by the Sarah Wilson Ensemble, presented in partnership with Stags' Leap Winery and Z Space
Tonight's concert features music written during Wilson's artist residency at Stags' Leap Winery with a video projection by David Szlasa.
Sarah Wilson, trumpet/vocals
Cory Wright, clarinet/tenor sax
John Schott, guitar
Michael Coleman, piano
Todd Sickafoose, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums
Sarah Wilson has emerged as "one of the most intriguing and promising composers and trumpeters on the contemporary music scene." (Derk Richardson, San Francisco Chronicle) Her music has premiered nationally and internationally and she earned wide critical acclaim for her 2010 Brass Tonic Records release, Trapeze Project. This CD features Sarah on trumpet and vocals with clarinetist Ben Goldberg, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Jerome Harris, and drummer Scott Amendola and showcases her "danceable, visually evocative, and melodic music that is both sophisticated and accessible" (Jazziz).
Wilson writes music "evocative, elegant, and comfortably familiar all at once" (Time Out NY), which has stylistically evolved through a diverse experience with jazz, theater, film, animation, performance art, and traditional music studies.
David Szlasa is a performance and video artist. In his solo work and collaborative projects, Szlasa creates investigative art to deconstruct and reconstruct popular narrative. Collaborators include Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Joanna Haigood, Rennie Harris, Hope Mohr, Deb Margolin, Bill Shannon, Michael John Garcés/Cornerstone Theater, and Sara Shelton Mann. His work has been exhibited in theaters and galleries worldwide, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Walker Arts Center, Chicago MCA, Sydney Opera House, Oakland Art Gallery, Harare International Festival of the Arts, and TSeKh Moscow.
In addition, Szlasa consults with cultural institutions, individual artists, and universities to produce art and leverage resources for the creation of new work. Szlasa has served on staff at Dance Theater Workshop, the Culture Project, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Theater Artaud, and Z Space.