The streets of Burlington, Vermont were still filled with snow. And the snow was piled three feet high at the curb. Last night’s storm had finally brought winter to town.
The audience braved the streets, made their way down to the FlynnSpace, a black box stage at the town’s main arts venue, the Flynn Theater. The show was sold out, staff added extra rows at the last minute. Every made it to the show.
TURNmusic laid into their program with a consistent and fierce groove. Trevor Westin’s “Dig It” driven hard. Valerie Coleman’s “Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes” providing a reflective sound. Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Fast BLACK Dance Machine” and Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1, separated by an intermission, delivered electric energy and space for people to speak their own truths.
Jaguar Stereo! closed out down the epic night of sound with The Late Set. Poems of freedom alongside music freely improvised. Bass clarinet, voice, and double bass intoning new futures on implicit pasts.
After all was done a member of the audience, bundling up for the snowy evening outside, said “My brain is now in a completely different world.”
Programming free improvisation alongside contemporary chamber compositions felt good, settled in next to each other on a cold snowy night.