Nelly Bly Project Premiere

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ticket Information

$5-15 Sliding Scale

Time
8:00 PM
Presented By
4Culture, Sprout, Wayward Music Series
Event Type
Performances
Genre
Jazz
Event Contact
Samantha Boshnack
Contact Email
Description

On the heels of their debut release, Exploding Syndrome, Sam Boshnack has quickly taken on the next large scale project for her Quintet – a narrative work inspired by the life of 19th century investigative journalist Nellie Bly.  Boshnack writes about the project, “Both as a young girl and today, Nellie Bly greatly inspires me. A reporter at a time when women were not welcome into journalism, she was a fiery and persistent individual who worked within extreme confines to achieve great things for both the subjects she covered (including mental health and prison facilities), and for women in her field.”  


Ensemble Name
Sam Boshnack Quintet
Musicians
Samantha Boshnack, Beth Fleenor, Dawn Clement, Isaac Castillo, Max Wood
Composers
Samantha Boshnack
Program

Boshnack has created a work in four movements highlighting stages and elements of Bly’s personality and career:  “Early Years” establishing her voice – combining elements of punky irreverence, with a yearning to deeply understand the human experience and its unfairness; “Asylum Expose” exploring her extreme efforts to write about the atrocities of a mental asylum; and “Around the World” tackling her race around the globe to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record, while the world cheered her on.  The piece concludes with “Lasting Legacy” – an homage to Bly and the impact she made to those who came after her.  Boshnack combines exploration of Bly’s life with propulsion from her words, incorporating quotes and segments from her books as spoken and sung elements within the suite. In addition to the music-based work, Boshnack hopes this concert will be an opportunity to educate the public about the life of this impactful, yet mostly unknown, iconoclast.


Venue
Chapel Performance Space
Location
4649 Sunny Side Ave N
Seattle, WA