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Jazz Residency Artist Doug Hirlinger: Work-in-progress

Dear Philadelphia

Mar 17, 2018
8:00 PM

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The work-in-progress is an opportunity for the artist to present an early draft of their new compositions. The artists plays all the new material they’ve written for the residency so they can hear it live for the first time in public. They then take questions and direct feedback from the audience. This input is vital for the artist as they finish writing their project. 


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

The Kimmel Center Jazz Residency is a year-long program that encourages local musicians to move jazz into the future with new music that is engaging and relevant to the Philadelphia community. To date since 2013, the Kimmel Center has commissioned an astonishing 10 new works from participants. Learn more HERE

These are designated BYO performances. Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.

SEI Innovation Studio

Inside the Kimmel Center

2 levels below ground floor

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Meet the 2017-18 Kimmel Center Jazz Residents!

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