What does it mean to be “Home?” The Housewarming Project performs music from Jeremy Siskind’s latest album of the same name which is a musical exploration of that question. What does it mean to have a place where you belong.
Reviewer Don Heckman said that it reaches “beyond music, into a transformative event in which the players, the music and the location [blend] into an intimate togetherness, drawing its listeners into a kind of complete experiential participation.”
The Housewarming Project deftly weaves music and lyrics that attempt to answer that question, drawing from the thoughts of great writers like Marilynne Robinson, W.B. Yeats, Carl Sandburg, and Derek Walcott.
Siskind’s trio-different includes vocalist Nancy Harms, and Lucas Pino on reeds.
Harms ushers you into our world with her innate story-telling abilities.
Pino colors the music with his whispering tenor saxophone, mournful clarinet, and murmuring bass clarinet.
Siskind sonically rounds out the music with sparkling harmony on piano.
Siskind’s songs caught the attention of vocalists Kendra Shank, and Grammy artists Peter Eldridge, and Kurt Elling. They augment the trio on the album which features nine original Siskind compositions as well as four covers.
The trio has performed The Housewarming Project at small venues and more than 70 in-home concerts over the last two years, making new friends and converting unsuspecting audiences into jazz fans in the East, West, and now the Midwest.
It’s an intimate evening of music that you won’t want to miss!
Jeremy Siskind is the winner of the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition and the second place winner of the 2011 Montreux Solo Piano Competition. As a pianist, he has performed both jazz and classical music at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, in Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, England, India, France, and China. Siskind has been the chair of the Piano Department at Western Michigan University since 2014.
In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy has relocated to New York, where she has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the city. She performs regularly in Europe, where her recordings are in high demand.
Tenor Saxophonist Lucas Pino works frequently as a sideman for artists including Gideon van Gelder, Richard Boukas, David Lopato, Bryan Carter, Rafal Sarnecki, Nick Finzer, and Jeremy Siskind. His past performance experience also includes Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Benny Green and David Sanborn. Lucas has traveled to play in Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, as well as throughout the United States and Canada.