To Russia, With Love

by elizabeth | March 1st, 2011

Two weeks from today, I’ll be in Russia!

I’m going there to make and hear music – jazz music – with a few lovely people, with the intent of a cross-cultural exchange. Burlington, Vermont and Yaroslavl are “sister cities,” and as part of this program, valve trombonist George Voland has put together a quartet to perform in the “Jazz on the Volga” festival there. I’ll be singing and playing slide trombone, Ali Ryerson will be playing flute, and Joe Davidian will be on piano.

George Voland

George has written an article, published in this past Sunday’s Burlington Free Press, which gives you a sense of how he views the world, and music within the world. And that in turn gives you a sense about why I love to make music with him! Here’s a taste, but do check out the link above to find out more:

Jazz can make differences between people vanish into thin — and, this time of year — cold air, replaced by a warm sense of community that erases ethnicity, religious affiliation, social class, political persuasions, language differences, Seasonal Affective Disorder and hangnails. (Well, maybe not those!)

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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