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Rose & the Nightingale Public Concert

As winners of Chamber Music America's Residency Partnership Grant, critically-acclaimed New York chamber jazz ensemble Rose & the Nightingale visit the Green Bay Botanical Garden and Wisconsin International School for a special songwriting residency, "Poetry Takes Flight Through Song." As part of the week-long residency, K-8 students from the WIS will write original poetry inspired by Green Bay Botanical Garden spaces, and will work with Rose & the Nightingale to transform their nature poems into the lyrics of new songs, collaboratively composed. The resulting new songs will be performed by students and Rose & the Nightingale in a concert open to the public at Green Bay Botanical Garden at 11 am on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  As part of the final concert, Rose & the Nightingale will also perform compositions from their "Spirit of the Garden" song cycle, celebrating the sublimity of botanical gardens through song, and featuring lyrics by living American poets from across the country.

This family-friendly concert is FREE for the public to attend.


About Rose & the Nightingale:
Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band’s warm sound of three part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. The band’s current project, Spirit of the Garden, inspired by Botanic Gardens, blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, world, and chamber music. The performance integrates poetry about gardens and nature as the lyrics to the songs, as inspiration for improvised interludes, and as thematic threads through the concert. Rose & the Nightingale live performances have proven to uplift audiences with the power of the quartet’s fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent. Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength.

Members of Rose & the Nightingale have performed internationally on five continents, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Barbican in London, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Chicago Symphony Hall, and at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea (Holland), Montreal (Canada), Montreux (Switzerland), Newport (Rhode Island), San Francisco, Monterey, and Cape Town (South Africa) Jazz Festivals, and Tokyo’s Blue Note. In 2012, Rose & the Nightingale performed the first ever concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the first concert in 12 years at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, at Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles, and at San Diego’s Water Conservation Garden. 2013 season highlights included the official release of Rose & the Nightingale’s debut album Spirit of the Garden on Sunnyside Records, concerts at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., at Mount Auburn in Cambridge, MA, and a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the stunning Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA. For more information, please visit www.roseandthenightingale.com.


The Residency by Rose & the Nightingale organized in partnership with Green Bay Botanical Garden, Wisconsin International School and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music Department has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.


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