The Apple Tree Carol- Digital Single (2018)
Now available as a download on the CDBaby Store and the iTunes store as well as for streaming via Apple Music and many more online streaming services!
The Apple Tree Carol, a.k.a “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”, is an obscure but absolutely lovely work that has evolved from a poem into a carol over many centuries. It has some fascinating origins as “an old English winter season song used in wassailing the apple orchards — pouring out libations or engaging in similar ceremonies to seek fertility of the trees.” It was most recently set to music by Elizabeth Poston in the 20th century. Although the current version of the song is religious in nature, what drew Sarah to the song was the wide sense of spirituality and the message of peace and refuge within the words. The sincere hope is that this music can be enjoyed by those of all faiths and beliefs.
This track features Sarah’s arrangement of the piece, performed by Dream Logic (Harley Card, Rob McBride, Jeff Luciani and Sarah) and also features special guest vocalist Ashley St. Pierre. Ashley and Sarah originally performed this arrangement of “The Apple Tree Carol” at their self-produced 2015 performance, “Comfort & Joy“, a fundraising concert to support Syrian refugee resettlement efforts.
The track was recorded “live-off-the-floor” in spring 2018 at Joe Lapinski’s WOW! Recording Studio and Creative Music Space in St. Catharines, Ontario. One more extra special thing about this release: the cover artwork is by none other than Sarah’s sister, Stephanie Lake!
Here’s the special deal about streaming this track:
The proceeds of this track go directly to helping those in need of refuge. You may not be aware that the profits from one single digital stream pays approximately $0.006 to the artist. Sarah is suggesting a change that would make the most out of this carol’s power: when you stream the track online, please consider making a donation of the amount of your choosing to your local women’s shelter. It’s a sort of pay-what-you-can honour system, in the spirit of the holiday season but not limited to it, as donations can be made throughout the year as well! 50% of all digital download proceeds will go directly to the St. Catharines, Ontario women’s shelter, Gillian’s Place.
The Yeats Project (2017)
The Yeats Project is also available for purchase in the Yeats destination town of Sligo, Ireland at Liber Bookshop and The Record Room.
The Yeats Project is a contemporary chamber jazz group that features the poetry of William Butler Yeats. With original music and arrangements by Sarah Jerrom, the featured poems reflect upon themes such as spirituality, life as an artist, death, defeat and love. The group’s 9-piece instrumentation is comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and a traditional jazz rhythm section with Jerrom on vocals. The ensemble, led by conductor Tom Richards, features some of Toronto’s top established and emerging musicians. Blending the elements of jazz, improvisation and classical music, The Yeats Project presents the words of W.B. Yeats set to music in a completely unprecedented style and approach. This distinctive interpretation and the ensemble’s unique combination of instruments played by a specially formed group of top-flight, multi-influenced musicians makes The Yeats Project a rarity in terms of concept and sound.
“It was the arranging which struck me when I first heard the (Yeats Project’s) music back in 2012; the poems lend themselves to beautiful, lush treatments, and Sarah uses the ensemble’s nine instruments to great effect. The result is contemporary sounding but still tuneful, an interesting mix of chamber music and improvisation; Sarah’s impressive vocals soar over top.” – Josh Grossman, Artistic Director, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
• Sarah Jerrom (vocals/compositions/arrangements)
• Ernesto Cervini (drums)
• Andrew Downing (cello)
• Aleksandar Gajic (viola)
• Johnny Griffith (bass clarinet)
• Tara Kannangara (flugelhorn)
• Rob McBride (double bass)
• Carissa Neufeld (piano)
• Tom Richards (conductor)
• Linnea Thacker (violin)
“This is a strong album that will leave you eager to hear more…” – Justin Litun, IAJE Canada Newsletter
Sarah Jerrom’s critically acclaimed debut album, Illuminations, encompasses fresh original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards. Described as “diverse and sophisticated” (Justin Litun, IAJE Canada Newsletter), “powerful, stirring and lush” (Peter Merrett, PBS 106-7FM, Melbourne) and “swingin’ stuff” (Colin Smith, CKLN 88.1FM, Toronto) amongst reviewers and critics, the self-produced recording has generated considerable attention for its originality and musicianship. Sarah arranged much of the material and also surrounded herself with a large ensemble of top-flight musicians, including Stu Harrison and Jamie Reynolds on piano, Harley Card on electric and acoustic guitar, Mark McIntyre on bass, David MacDougall on drums, Mike Murley on tenor saxophone, Alison Young on alto saxophone, Rebecca Hennessy on trumpet and fluegelhorn, and Joel Green on trombone. Illuminations also features a string quartet on Sarah’s arrangement of the Josefine Cronholm composition, “Wild Garden”. Illuminations continues to receive widespread media attention and radio airplay at local (CFRB, CIUT, CKLN), national (CBC), and international radio stations in the United Kingdom (BBC), the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, France and Argentina.
Highlights of Illuminations include a contemporary, lilting and slightly mysterious version of the Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer classic “Skylark”, replete with masterful and harmonically complex solos by Mike Murley and Jamie Reynolds; a funky take on Brad Mehldau’s “Dusty Nugget”; Sarah’s contemporary original title track, “Illumination”; Strayhorn’s immortal “Lush Life”, done here as an evocative and moving piano/voice duo featuring Stu Harrison; a snappy and swinging take on Rodgers & Hart’s “Do It the Hard Way”; a pristine, classic and uncluttered version of Benny Goodman’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, featuring synchronistic rhythm section solos; the modern and haunting “Wild Garden” (Josefine Cronholm) with a lush, contrapuntal string arrangement by Sarah; a Neil Young-inspired perspective on Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me”, and the final track on the CD, the radiant Lerner & Loewe classic “Heather on the Hill”.
Sarah Jerrom- vocals
Stu Harrison- piano (tracks 2, 4, 7, 9)
Jamie Reynold- piano (tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10)
Harley Card- guitar
Mark McIntyre- bass
David MacDougall- drums
Mike Murley- tenor saxophone
Alison Young- alto saxophone
Rebecca Hennessy- trumpet/fluegelhorn
Joel Green- trombone
Liana Berube- violin
Phoebe Tsang- violin
Anthony Rapoport- viola
Rafael Hoekman- cello