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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.

Composer/Performers at Sunday Afternoon Concert in Venice (L-R Srimal DeMel, Analiz Castillo, Dawn Norfleet, Danielle Freeman, Amy K Bormet, Ariella Golda Sosis, Candace Coles, David Wise)

Amy K Bormet voice, wurlitzer, composer
Maggie Hasspacher voice, upright bass
special guests
Christine Morse, voice
Matt Dievendorf, guitar

Leah Paul, flute and piccolo

Premieres:

*Amy K Bormet’s setting of Michalle Gould’s poem “Tonight, the moon” for unaccompanied vocal duet

*Noah Meites composition for voice and bass

*Amy K Bormet “rivers in the desert” and “city’s no longer”

combined with a selection of beautiful songs by Dolly Parton, Ornette Coleman, and more.

Join us as we sing from the window stage, watch the light fade behind us on a Sunday evening.

details here:
we have fallen into the golden country

Amy K Bormet

There was a great overflowing packed crowd at the Craft in America Center this past Sunday. Thank you to my new LA community for your overwhelming support, and a special thanks to photographer (and great guitarist!) Evan Ziegenmeyer for capturing this wonderful night. //A Craft in America window concert. “An Evening of New Songs: Creative Jazz and Country” Amy K Bormet (composer/piano/vocals) and Matt Dievendorf (guitar); with special guests Maggie Hasspacher(bass/vocals), David Wise, (saxophone) and Michalle Gould, (poet).// Celebrating the collaborations that have made her inaugural year in Los Angeles thrive, composer/performer Amy K Bormet brings her top people to perform with her at the intimate gallery. Bormet will sing pieces written in the last year and accompany herself on her vintage red wurlitzer for a one-set, one night only show.

Michalle Gould
Craft in America Window Concert Series
David Wise
Matt Dievendorf
Maggie Hasspacher


David Wise and Amy K Bormet

I wrote this tune to lyrics by my friend and lovely poet Michalle Gould. It’s not perfect sound quality, but we had a wonderful trip to the midwest, and I wanted to share it. Amy K Bormet Piano/Vocals, Maggie Hasspacher Bass/Vocals, Matt Dievendorf, Guitar. Live at Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, MI 8/21/14.

Matt and I had a really wonderful weekend in Ann Arbor with Maggie Hasspacher, and in Ft. Wayne with Andrew Kratzat for his “Meet the Artist” Series. We are filled with so much love for all of family and friends that greeted us. Big thank you to the Kratzat family for hosting our reunion. Hope to see you again soon Midwest! #goblue #AKation

When I was in high school I was thrilled to attend the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, a free summer program created by award-winning educator/head of Duke Ellington School of the Arts jazz program, Davey Yarborough and his wife Esther Williams.

Now I’m honored to teach there every summer and I LOVE mentoring the newest jazz musicians in town. Please support this wonderful organization and swing by for the final free concert of the summer tomorrow at Peoples Congregational Church. (Flyer by superstar vocalist and fellow mentor Jessica Boykin-Settles, and I took the photos!) Watch out for our supersize trombone section this year!

July 19th was the sold-out and exciting world premiere of my five-piece Gwendolyn Brook’s song cycle for bassist/vocalist virtuoso Maggie Hasspacher presented by Wild Up at Boston Court in Pasadena, CA. I will have some audio/video soon and will include it in next month’s newsletter. (Read a review of the evening’s performance here).

Maggie and I will be performing my song cycle and more new music next month (Aug. 21) in Ann Arbor, MI along with Matt Dievendorf at Canterbury House. 

Maggie Hasspacher