In this performance, flutist Elsa Nilsson, pianist Santiago Leibson, bassist Marty Kenney, and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren’s “Pulses” explores the intersection between jazz and communication by highlighting the subtle melodic development and deep groove in Dr. Angelou’s reading of her poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” replete with the sounds of rocks, rivers, and trees.
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What is the line that makes sound music? Flutist Elsa Nilsson, pianist Santiago Leibson, bassist Marty Kenney, and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren seek to answer that question in “Pulses,” a suite of music based around the rhythmic and melodic aspects of Dr. Maya Angelou’s voice. “Pulses” explores the intersection between jazz and communication by highlighting the subtle melodic development and deep groove in Dr. Angelou’s reading of her poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” replete with the sounds of rocks, rivers, and trees. With Dr. Angelou’s voice as one of the instruments, Elsa Nilsson has crafted composed and improvised sections based on her pitch and phrasing.
"Pulses" by Elsa Nilsson and the Band Of Pulses has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
About Elsa Nilsson
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, flutist Elsa Nilsson is now based in New York City where she performs regularly at various established venues and teaches Rhythmic Analysis and Socially Engaged Artistry at The New School. Nilsson is a founding member of Esthesis Quartet and has worked extensively as a band leader and collaborator in the New York Jazz scene since 2010. Paul Rauch of All About Jazz has said about her: “She is the logical choice to provide a next step for her instrument in the world of jazz and improvised music.” She has performed as a leader and collaborator at Winter Jazz Fest, Earshot Jazz Festival, The Blue Note, The 55 Bar, Bar Bayeux, Nefertiti Jazzclub, Victoriateatern, The Jazz Loft, Sam First and more and she is the 2018 winner of the National Flute Associations Jazz Flute Competition.
About “Band of Pulses”
Elsa Nilsson's "Band Of Pulses" is a New York City based band consisting of Elsa Nilsson on flutes and FX, Santiago Leibson on Piano, Marty Kenney on Bass and Rodrigo Recabarren on Drums. They share a passion for creative expression and finding the subtle beauty in the transitional moments of sound. This versatile group brings the audience on a journey from lucious ballads to spirited grooves and avant garde exploration, all framed with an unwavering commitment to their love of creating sounds. Their joy and excitement is infectious, and their hope is that the audience leaves the performances feeling just a little bit better about the world.
About Santiago Leibson
Santiago Leibson is a Brooklyn based, Argentinian born jazz pianist and composer. His music is situated in the frontier of jazz, improvised music, classical and contemporary music. As an active member of the NY music scene, he has worked with artists such as Tony Malaby, Guillermo Klein, Michael Attias, Francisco Mela, Sean Conly, Gerald Cleaver and many more. In 2019 Santiago made his Carnegie Hall debut playing a solo concert of original and classical compositions at the prestigious series “Sophia Rossoff Presents” organized by the Abby Whiteside Foundation with repeated concerts in 2022 and 2023.
About Marty Kenney
Marty Kenney has performed with musicians such as Art Lande, Billy Drummond, Rich Perry, Steve Slagle, Allan Harris, Rez Abbasi, Brandon Seabrook, Brian Krock's Big Heart Machine, David Berkman, and the New York Standards Quartet featuring Tim Armacost and Gene Jackson.
About Rodrigo Recabarren
Born in Santiago de Chile, Rodrigo Recabarren has been in NYC since 2009. He has worked with artists such as Guillermo Klein, Brad Shepik, Melissa Aldana, Camila Meza, Claudia Acuña, Rafal Sarnecki and Andre Carvallo among many others. Has performed in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin-America in prestigious venues like the Blue Note, 55 bar, Smalls and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among many others. He is the founder of Tresillo music School in Santiago de Chile and has produced dozens of albums and tours around the world with his projects.