The public workshop is the audience’s first introduction to the artist’s project, showcasing the very first musical concepts and excerpts. Throughout this performance, the audience is engaged in a discussion about what “jazz” is today, and the artist shares background information, research, and musical inspirations for the new work they are writing.
Doug Hirlinger, lead composer, drums, and electronics
Ursula Rucker, lyricist and poet
M’Balia Singely, composer and lyricist
John Swana, composer, EVI, and valve trombone
Tim Motzer, composer and guitar
Jazz Residency Project: Doug Hirlinger, composer and percussionist, is compiling a group of artists including Ursula Rucker, M’Balia Singley, Tim Motzer, and John Swana who together are writing a suite entitled “Dear Philadelphia.” This new work is informed by dialog between the artists concerning the changes occurring in the city through gentrification and other processes.
"After a few years away I’m happy to be living in Philadelphia again with my family, raising my kids here, and engaging with the city artistically, socially, and otherwise. The changes in the feel and look of this city have caught my attention and I’ve been discussing these changes with my collaborators, Tim Motzer, Ursula Rucker, M’Balia Singley, and John Swana in regards to the effect on communities, neighborhoods, traditions, and the jazz and creative music scenes. These discussions are shaping our work as we sculpt our suite, 'Dear Philadelphia.’” ~ Doug Hirlinger
Doug Hirlinger Performance Schedule
Residency Kick-Off: Saturday, December 9, 8:00 PM
Public Workshop: Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 PM
Work in Progress: Saturday, March 17, 8:00 PM
World Premiere: Saturday, May 5, 8:00 PM