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Monday, October 31, 2016

Mandorla Music presents DUO DUO: Vanessa Morris/Scott Sandvik and James Merenda/Jon Dreyer, Sat 11/5 at Third Life Studio

Mandorla Music presents

D U O D U O: Vanessa Morris & Scott Sandvik and James Merenda & Jon Dreyer
Saturday, November 5th, 8pm
Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville

Advance tickets, $15, are available here. Join the FB event & help spread the word!

Vanessa Morris was trained as a classical pianist before branching into jazz at the Oberlin Conservatory and, later, New England Conservatory, where she met duo partner, guitarist Scott Sandvik. Their duo project grew out of in depth study of African-American folklore. Their improvisations were based on ear transcriptions of field-recorded a cappella black folk singing that included surge style hymns, spirituals, hollers and blues. Recently the Morris/Sandvik Duo's repertoire has widened to include the music of such composers as Carla Bley, Bert Bacharach and Joao Gilberto.

They'll split the bill with another great duo, longtime collaborators James Merenda on piano and/or alto saxophone and bassist Jon Dreyer. James and Jon have played a couple packed Mandorla shows in a trio setting in the past & I'm thrilled to welcome them as a duo. The two have played for years both in duo and trio "non-standard standards" formats and in the larger ensemble Ticklejuice, which showcases Merenda's adventurous composition.

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