Sessions at McPike Park has scheduled an ambitious series of concerts this summer. Although only the jazz events are listed on this calendar, all acts are worth checking out.
SIRENA is a collaboration between Mr. Chair and Leslie Damaso. It is a presentation of Mr. Chair’s unique brand of jazz/classical fusion, Leslie Damaso singing kundiman (Filipino art songs), her art, and a contemporary story, hearkening back to myth. Sirena, a story about a mermaid who falls in love with the moon, touches on the ideas of identity, of struggle and resilience of a group of people with a substantial amount of its population in diaspora across the globe.
The kundiman will pepper the story-telling, providing musical context to SIRENA and to the Philippines history. Alongside the kundiman, SIRENA will involve a collection of string players who will have their own voice, perhaps the motif of SIRENA, and will provide additional color to the orchestrations.
Leslie Damaso (vocals, kulintang)
Mr. Chair: Ben Ferris (bass), Mark Hetzler (trombone), Michael Koszewski (percussion), Jason Kutz (piano)