“… Jerrom sounds best when she is free of traditional confines.” – Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine
Proclaiming her crafts as a composer, arranger and vocalist, Sarah Jerrom’s latest album, The Yeats Project, is an exciting and imaginative follow up to her critically acclaimed debut CD, Illuminations. Featuring her original compositions set to the poetry of William Butler Yeats, Jerrom orchestrated the music for a unique nine-piece chamber jazz instrumentation comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and a traditional jazz rhythm section, with Jerrom herself on vocals. After gathering a group of Toronto’s top established and emerging musicians, the music was recorded live at two concert venues in Toronto and the Niagara region. The featured poems reflect upon themes such as spirituality, life as an artist, death, defeat and love.
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’s an approach to music that’s poetic, which is why it so fits with the work of William Butler Yeats, a man who found balance in contrasts bearing from his Irish soul….” – Anthony Dean-Harris, Editor-in-Chief, NextBop.com
- 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)
“Taking on such an ambitious project and putting it all together makes Sarah Jerrom one exceptional talent… A rare treat for the soul and mind, The Yeats Project radiates from every direction.” – Memphis Marty Delia, The Jazz Music Blog, Australia
“With its confluence of classical instrumentation, jazz language, and superb poetry, Sarah Jerrom’s “The Yeats Project” captures all of the best elements of the Third Stream movement… Overall, “The Yeats Project” is an impressive composition, expertly realized by Jerrom and her outstanding instrumentalists.” – Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online
“Ms. Jerrom is also a very astute and serious musician. This certainly comes through in the majestic work on this album… the master-stroke is most definitely delivered by the wraith-like vocals of Sarah Jerrom.” – Raul da Gama, Toronto Music Report
“Sarah Jerrom has an almost otherworldly approach to her ethereal compositions, combining jazz, improvised, contemporary and classical music… These are detailed, well-thought-out settings to ten of Yeats’ poems… By treating her instrumentalists as equals, Jerrom creates perfect poetic musical settings…” – Tiina Kiik – Listening Room, the Whole Note Magazine
“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
“The poem “Adam’s Curse” is a profound feminist commentary exquisitely performed. Also standout arrangements include “Stream and Sun at Glendalough” and “Sailing to Byzantium”. – Hobart Taylor, KUCI 88.9FM, University of California in Irvine
No shows booked at the moment.
|03/11/15||Toronto, ON||Array Space|
|Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15. Address: 155 Walnut Ave.. Conductor: Tom Richards. Vocals and music: Sarah Jerrom. With Ernesto Cervini (drums), Andrew Downing (cello), Aleksandar Gajic (viola), Johnny Griffith (bass clarinet), Tara Kannangara (flugelhorn, trumpet), Rob McBride (double bass), Carissa Neufeld (piano), and Linnea Thacker (violin). Show info. More information|
|02/27/15||St. Catharines, ON||Brock University’s Centre For The Arts|
|Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $28.50 adults; $22.50 seniors/students; $5 eyeGo high school program.. Box office: (905) 688 5550 x3257. Address: 500 Glenridge Ave.. Conductor: Tom Richards. Vocals and music: Sarah Jerrom. With Ernesto Cervini (drums), Andrew Downing (cello), Aleksandar Gajic (viola), Johnny Griffith (bass clarinet), Tara Kannangara (flugelhorn, trumpet), Rob McBride (double bass), Carissa Neufeld (piano), and Linnea Thacker (violin). Presented by Brock University’s Centre for the Arts Encore! Professional Concert Series.|
|03/16/13||Toronto, Ontario||The Music Gallery|
| Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25/$15 for members/$20 in advance. Box office: 416.204.1080. Address: 197 John Street. Venue phone: 416.204.1080. |
A TDJ Special ProjectThe Yeats Project makes its debut at this St. Patrick’s-themed concert. With Ernesto Cervini (drums), Andrew Downing (cello), Aleksandar Gajic (viola), Julia Hambleton (bass clarinet), Rob McBride (double bass), Carissa Neufeld (piano), Tom Richards (conductor), Linnea Thacker (violin), and Kevin Turcotte (flugelhorn).
Doors open at 7pm. Show info. More information
|11/30/12||Toronto, ON||Hart House|
|Time: 9:00pm. Admission: Free admission. Address: 7 Hart House Circle. With Ernesto Cervini (drums), Chris Donnelly (piano), Julia Hambleton (bass clarinet), Rob McBride (bass), and Amanda Penner (viola). Featuring a special sneak-peek performance of The Yeats Project as a six-piece ensemble.|