You're invited to the premiere listening event of
Rising: A Modern Cantata for the World to Come
By Julie Lavender
The recording of a groundbreaking, Jazz-influenced chamber music setting of the most revered collection of Jewish prayers, the Amidah.
Come enjoy live elements of story-telling, dance, art, and learning.
Featuring the voice and guitar of Julie Lavender and the arrangements of twice Grammy-nominated Jazz orchestra composer and arranger, Kim Richmond, and a cast of highly acclaimed musicians from the East and West Coasts.*
The event is free but you must register with Eventbrite for tickets.
“Julie has knocked this project into the next dimension. A must listen for all.”
(Scott deOgburn: Composer, Professional Jazz Pianist and Trumpet Player, Author, Professor at Berklee College of Music)
"A rare contemporary work where musicality and spirituality meet most effortlessly and unpretentiously."
“Exquisite songwriting and lush, Jazz-inflected chamber music textures and the ancient power of Jewish prayer traditions."
(Bertram Lehmann: Internationally Recognized Percussionist, Composer, Enthomusicologist, Berklee College of Music Faculty Member)
”The Amidah prayers like they never been experienced before . . . and from a very unexpected source. This is uplifting music and poetic prose that can reach into any heart."
(Rabbi Richard Nichol, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ruach Israel)
“A scintillating blend. . .unique . . .never predictable. . . continually unfolds new musical ideas and surprises.”
(Ian Ethan Case: Composer, Innovator, Multi-instrumentalist and Candy Rat Records Recording Artist, recognized internationally for his mastery of the 18-string acoustic guitar and his visionary compositions.)
“ . . . a body of songs and movements that carry the spirit of freedom and worship to another level. Julie's wonderfully clear singing voice and her ingenious and supple guitar accompaniments carry the day."
(Kim Richmond: Twice Grammy-nominated Jazz Orchestra composer and arranger, educator and woodwind master.)
* Musicians featured in "Rising"
Julie Lavender/ Vocals and Guitar
Eugene Friesen/ Four Time Grammy Awarding- Winning Cellist
Bertram Lehman/ Drums and Percussion
Kim Richmond/ Soprano Saxophone,
Mike Lang/ Piano*
Trey Henry/ Bass*
Mark Stephens/ Percussion*
Katie Buckingham/ Flute
Sean Franz/ English Horn, Flute and Clarinet
Billy Kerr/ Clarinet and Flute
*Among the very fine players on the West Coast team, Mike Lang, Trey Henry, Mark Stephens are among the most sought after studio musicians in Los Angeles, having contributed their artistry to literally thousands of Hollywood sound tracks and major label releases.