Jazz finds roots in activism. In challenging or bypassing conventions. A conversation with the status quo. Through improvisation, jazz is constantly exploring new forms of interaction. This quest, and the conversations that are found along the way, are central to REFLEX. In the series we invite musicians to create new work that reflects on the world and its society. The curator of this new edition in the series is vocalist Laura Polence.
Latvian vocalist Laura Polence has been active in the Amsterdam jazz and improvised music scene for over fifteen years. She’s part of the vocal ensemble August 38th, consisting of singers from The Netherlands, Latvia, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, Mexico and the US. The focus of this group is improvisation, while exploring different possibilities of the human voice. For this concert they will perform compositions by three musicians who have made their mark in the international improv circuit: Norwegian vocalist Sofia Jernberg, who has previously written graphic scores for choir; the extraordinary American trumpeter Peter Evans; and pianist Cory Smythe, who has composed for adventurous players from jazz as well as classical music.
Laura Polence composition/vocals, Peter Evans trumpet, Cory Smythe piano, Sofia Jernberg vocals
Marta Arpini vocals, Jodi Gilbert vocals, Maryana Golovchenko vocals, Sanem Kalfa vocals, Annelie Koning vocals, Saskia Oving vocals, Laura Polence vocals, Julia Werner vocals, Felicity Provan vocals/trumpet