JAZZ AVIARY  Susan Krebs & the Soaring Sextet

JAZZ AVIARY Susan Krebs & the Soaring Sextet

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JAZZ AVIARY, a multi-media concert, is a Celebration of Birds - and of our ancient and deep connection with the avian tribe, and of the universal music we share. The 2 set concert is comprised of wide-ranging Music, Spoken Word, simple Ornithological Facts, Visual Projections and Bird Song.

Biography

"Jazz vocalist Susan Krebs has conceived and performed a thoroughly unique show that is innovative, mind-stretching, and simply beautiful. This is an astounding production!" (LA JazzScene)

"A fascinating musical presentation." (Don Heckman/LA Times)

I have had a long-time fascination with birds. I remember as a kid, lying stretched out in a hammock between two grand sycamores, just watching the birds, listening to the birds - digging the birds! Birds and humans have shared this planet for many millennia. Our impulse to sing and our desire to fly reflect this deep and ancient connection with the avian tribe. The eloquent biologist, E.O. Wilson, writes that "the preservation of the world lies in understanding and appreciating the wonder and awe that nature arouses". With "Jazz Aviary", I want to express the wonder and awe specifically that birds arouse - through Music, for example, Lennon/McCartney’s “Blackbird”, Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark”, a jazz arrangement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “A Lark Ascending” and Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"; through Poetry & Spoken Word, expressing man’s eternal fascination with birds; through simple ornithological Facts; beautiful Visual Projections and finally, by listening to the birds themselves from field recordings of Birdsong.
My intent is not only to entertain, but to awaken and re-connect people to the natural life around them. So I am always delighted when the concerts resonate powerfully with the audience. Often, folks share with me their childhood memories of the magic of birdsong; I receive e-mails and phone calls thanking me for awakening them to the music of the birds in their own backyards. And there is always much enthusiasm for the music in all its variety and depth, and for the entire multi-media theatrical experience.

"Susan Krebs has nothing but fondness for our feathered friends - and expresses her joyous affection magnificently throughout this fascinating concept project... irresistible offerings from a formidable jazz artist." (Jonathan Widran/AMG)

Hard copies of Video and Audio available as DVD and CD >>> Contact Suze

Discography

"Jazz Aviary" - GreenGig Music -
Currently receiving international
airplay & downloads

"What Am I Here For?" - GreenGig Music - 2002

"Jazz Gardener" - Sea Breeze Jazz - 1998

Set List

Set 1:
High Flying Bird
Bird Alone (Abbey LIncoln)
Songbird
Bob White
Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael)
Strange Meadowlark (Brubeck)
The Lark Ascending (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Set 2:
Ornithology (Charlie Parker)
Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney)
Bird in the Rain (Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone)
Woodpecker Percussion Jam
Skylark (Hoagy)
MEDLEY: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (H. Williams)
Dink's Blues (Trad)
Three Little Birds (Marley)
Peace of Wild Things (Krebs, Eames, Berry)
Song of the Birds (16th C Catalan Trad)