Warren Shadd, drummer and nephew of Shirley Horn, asked me to perform a few songs for his Christmas FB series. I chose a couple of my original holiday hits, “Give me love at Christmas time”, and “Lonely New Year’s Day”. The first was born of my distaste for Christmas commercialism, and the second is a reflection on a balmy Los Angeles holiday I spent alone. Thanks to the wonderful Nicole Saphos for spending some time with these tunes, and adding lovely harmonies! Happy Holidays!
Been working hard on putting this new series together at My Dead Aunt’s Books in Hyattsville’s Arts District. I’m so thrilled to be digging into some new music with some old friends that I haven’t had a chance to perform with lately! This is truly special for me to explore the relationship between music and the written word.
Hope to see you all out and about!
Series tickets $60. Individual concerts $20. Call 240-472-9325 for info or reservations.
11/11 Nicole Saphos (singer/songwriter and upright bass)
Known on the DC music scene as a strong and versatile bassist, LA native Nicole Saphos carries a serious punch with her vocals and songwriting as well. This concert will feature songs written by Nicole and Amy, crossing genres from jazz to pop and country.
11/25 Leigh Pilzer (baritone saxophone)
The Maryland native proudly represents the DC Jazz scene as she traverses the 95 freeway on frequent collaborations with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Carol Morgan, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Whether on baritone saxophone, like on her debut album “Strunkin’” or any of her “doubles”, Leigh Pilzer’s hard-swinging sound will draw you in for an evening with her Washington Women in Jazz compatriot Amy K Bormet. Creative new music and clever arrangements from the duo will be featured.
12/9 Soma Sarkar (voice)
A powerful voice for Hindustani music Soma Sarkar leads a community of students and followers in the DC area. Featured on the new series “District of Raga” Soma’s voice reflects cinematic stories. Amy first met Soma in 2008 while studying Indian classical music. This will be their first performance collaboration, and will feature songs from India, the US, and the minds of the two women.
12/23 Mike Nickens (tuba/voice)
Known as Doc Nix, the fearless bandleader of George Mason University’s “Green Machine”, Amy and Mike first played together with the Creative Arts Orchestra. Nicken’s freewheeling tuba playing, and innovative community spirit will be featured in this rare duo set with Amy K Bormet.
Great community hang on Capital Hill this past Saturday. Thank you to Herbert Scott, Aaron Myers, and the Capital Hill Jazz Foundation for hosting us. Always a pleasure to play with Tarus Mateen and Terence Arnett.
Sunday May 7 I began a series of workshops/concerts in Venice. We had a beautiful afternoon of improvising and presenting new compositions.
Please join us next time, Sunday June 4th at 1pm (workshop) and 3pm (concert) at 132 Brooks Ave. Venice, California.
Improvisation workshop is open to all.
Pianist, vocalist, and composer Amy K Bormet presents a series of duo concerts that explore the dialogue between poetry and improvised music.
Sunday July 10 2pm
with Maggie Hasspacher (Detroit), bass and voice
Music set to poetry, highlighting women, Gwendolyn Brooks and beyond.
Sunday July 17 2pm
with Brian Settles (DC), tenor saxophone
Improvised art songs influenced by Sterling Brown and DC’s poetic history.
Sunday July 24 2pm (as part of Washington Women in Jazz)
with Cae Joseph-Massena (France-Haiti), voice
An exchange of languages, a Parisian salon inspired by James Baldwin.
all concerts performed with Amy K Bormet on grand piano and hosted by
Robert Harper Books
6216 Rhode Island Ave
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Buy Tickets – $12 adv/$15 door, $30 full series pass
Cae Joseph Massena