The Alaska Suite: a Story of Beauty, Loss and Hope 

May 15, 2018

2 pm Sunday, May 20, in the Sanctuary

This multimedia concert, with five-piece chamber jazz ensemble, spoken word, images and poetry, reflects on climate change in the Arctic and Pacific Northwest. Uplift your spirit with reasons for hope and calls to action. Features original music of award-winning comoser/pianist Nelda Swiggett. 

A Seattle native and University of Washington graduate, Nelda formed her first band, the Room to Move Sextet, in 1990, and has since headlined her own group performing her original music at many of the Northwest’s top jazz venues.

a bright palette, a sinewy execution and a powerful, assertive command the sound is all Swiggett’s: refined and confident, open and inviting,” said All About Jazz.

Her influences range from jazz and Afro-Cuban, to gospel and classical. She recorded four Cds including Room to Move | No Time for Daydreams (1993) with sextet arrangements for trumpet, tenor and trombone. In 1998, her talent for composition was recognized by an Artist Trust Fellowship funded by the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her second release, Nelda Swiggett Quartet | Hands On (1999) earned accolades from NPR’s Jim Wilke, Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 1999.”

Nelda’s Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope debuted at Seattle First Baptist Church on Earth Day weekend, 2017. Suggested $15 donation benefits Alaska Wilderness League. Free parking available in Plymouth Church garage.

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