Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the first event in its 2018 'Sound Belief” series through the popular Jazz Up Close program. This year’s guests will share diverse original compositions springing forth from similarly diverse spiritual practices. For this event guitarist and composer Amanda Monaco brings her Pirkei Avot Project, also featuring Tammy Scheffer on vocals and Daphna Mor on recorders, accompanied by bassist Henry Lugo and pianist and series curator Noah Baerman.
Amanda Monaco’s has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene for over twenty years, playing with a variety artists including Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid, and the Mingus Orchestra. She has led and co-led a variety of ensembles that feature her eclectic compositions, including the Amanda Monaco 4, the quartet Deathblow, the rambunctious organ-based group Girly Day, and the collective ensemble Playdate, all of which have issued recordings. Her New Music ensemble The Pirkei Avot Project performs her original music with lyrics culled from a collection of rabbinical teachings compiled in the third century C.E.
Amanda is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching labs, ensembles, and lessons through their Guitar Department, and is the author of Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner. She is also the founder of the New York based nonprofit Convergence Arts.
This event is presented with the support of the Middletown Commission on the Arts and the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, along with the Shoreline Arts Alliance.