featuring Terry Jenoure, violin, vocals, Sibylle Pomorin, flute, Jin Hi Kim, kommungo, Angelica Sanchez, piano, Maria Mitchell, dance, Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St., Springfield
Terry Jenoure, violinist, vocalist and composer, is a protégé of the Free Jazz pioneers and has performed and recorded with Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, John Carter, Henry Threadgill, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Billy Bang and many others. She is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees in Education, and a B.A. in Philosophy, she has lectured on five continents and was on the graduate faculty at Lesley University for 18 years. Terry has served as the Director of Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for over twenty-five years.
“Bejewelled is the name I use for the various all-women ensembles I’ve led over the years,” says Jenoure. “The word has ancient and futuristic weight. Jewels are riches that glitter and call attention to themselves. With them, we decorate our bodies to celebrate our beauty and complexity. This performance of Bejewelled features Maria Mitchell (dance), Jin Hi Kim (komongo), Sibylle Pomorin (flute) and Angelica Sanchez (piano). I’ve developed a score that combines graphic and traditional notation with conceptual guidelines. The work is created for a much-needed healing in these morbid days when women remain under siege. It is encouragement: There is a silver lining – there is gold up ahead!”
Maria Mitchell is a skilled and expressive dancer, who has shared the bill with such jazz greats as Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and other innovative musicians. Her many years as a gifted educator working with children, teachers, and community social workers has earned her a reputation as an intuitive and highly effective educator using modern and jazz techniques, traditional West African movement, the healing arts, and a long-standing passion for African American literary work.
Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso, Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition, has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society, Royal Festival Hall (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and around the world. She is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo (geomungo) to American contemporary music scene through her “Living Tones” cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions and her extensive solo performances of the world’s only electric komungo with interactive MIDI computer system in her large-scale mulitmedia performance pieces.
Sibylle Pomorin, flautist and saxophonist, has composed for orchestra, for chamber music and ensemble lineups, electroacoustic music, audio pieces, songs, compositions for theatre and dance theatre, Big Band, Jazz ensembles and multimedia projects. Her music has been performed at international festivals for contemporary music in Europe, Israel, Mexico, Australia and Canada.
Angelica Sanchez, pianist, composer, educator, has played with such players as: Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap, Rob Mazurek, Vincent Chancey, Susie Ibarra, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Mark Dresser, Ben Monder and many more. Her music has been recognized in international publications like, ” Jazz Times Magazine”, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many more. She was also the 2008 recipient of the French/American Chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefellers Brothers Pocantico artist residency.