Each Sunday at 5:00 P.M. an open community gathers for prayer and reflection on the lines of sacred scripture and jazz.
The community is diverse and includes people who live near and far, native and new New Yorkers, and people visiting New York City. Oftentimes churches will bring groups from their home congregations. Others are not Christians or are exploring Christianity for the first time in this supportive environment. Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play.
As at every other liturgy of Saint Peter's Church, everyone is welcome.
About the musiciansNADJE NOORDHUIS
Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.
Noordhuis performs regularly with several big bands, including the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Darcy James Argueâ€™s Secret Society, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Kyle Saulnierâ€™s Awakening Orchestra. She also performs with Rudy Royston 303, and the Anat Cohen Tentet. She has recently recorded for Sting, and for the Hamilton musical breakout star, Leslie Odom Jr.
Noordhuisâ€™ journey has taken her from a youth spent studying classical music in her native Australia to a headlong dive into the world of jazz that has earned her acclaim in the musicâ€™s mecca, New York. She was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010. Also in 2007, she attended an eclectic residency at the Omi International Arts Center in upstate New York, where she forged musical and personal bonds with singer-songwriters, a South African minimalist composer, an Irish flutist, a French flamenco guitarist, and a trombonist experimenting with electronic music.
As a composer, Noordhuis has been
commissioned by the Sydney-based Baroque ensemble ThoroughBass and the new music ensemble ExhAust, and was awarded a small ensemble commission at the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT). She has also arranged a suite of traditional Portuguese Fado songs for a large band and composed for Glass + Brass, which featured exploratory music performed on Australian glass instruments.
Her penchant for writing music that conjures vivid imagery makes Noordhuis ideally suited for composing in visual media. She composed a live score for the award-winning film The Projectionist, performed at the 2005 New York Foreign Exchange Film Festival, as well as a suite accompanying an animated slideshow of streetscape photography.
Born in Sydney, Australia in 1977, Noordhuis has had a lifelong although rocky relationship with music. She started playing classical piano at two years old and entered the Yamaha Music School at three. Returning from a family vacation at the age of seven, she was shocked to discover that her long-time piano teacher and her trumpet-player husband had been killed in a car accident. Asked to choose a band instrument in the third grade, she picked up the trumpet in his honor.
She attended a series of musically-oriented schools, but briefly gave up playing altogether to earn a degree in sound engineering and multi-media. Finding little opportunity in either field after graduation, she was inspired by Miles Davisâ€™ landmark Kind of Blue to move to Melbourne and study jazz improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she graduated with Honors. While attending a summer jazz workshop at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, she was invited by a visiting faculty member to further her studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Noordhuis relocated to New York in 2003 and completed her Masters, studying trumpet with Laurie Frink and composition with Ludmilla Ulehla.
More info here: www.nadjenoordhuis.com