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Clara Osowski and Jeremy Walker’s “Haunted Blue” Release Concert

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Featuring Anthony Cox with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

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Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

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Clara Osowski & Jeremy Walker

Jazz Art Song

Haunted Blue is the debut album by international mezzo-soprano soloist Clara Osowski performing original compositions by jazz pianist, Jeremy Walker. The project includes mezzo-soprano/tenor duets with tenor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (who last collaborated with Walker on the near sold-out Orchestra Hall debut of 7 Psalms) and renowned jazz bassist, Anthony Cox. The poetry behind Haunted Blue highlights works by Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Twin Cities writer Greg Foley.
Photo by Clare W.G. Nieto

About Clara Osowski & Jeremy Walker

About Clara Osowski:
2018 McKnight Fellowship winner Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. In her most recent competition success in 2017, Osowski became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany, and in September she was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London. Recent recital appearances include the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and the Schubert Club International Artist Series in St. Paul, MN.

About Jeremy Walker:
Jeremy Walker is a prolific composer and jazz pianist. His upcoming recording of original jazz art songs, Haunted Blue, features award-winning mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski. His suite 7 Psalms was most recently performed at Orchestra Hall and included the launch of American Public Media’s Radio Choir conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Other works include the oratorio, The Rage of Achilles, for classical voice and jazz ensemble, and Alma Gentil—five pieces commissioned by Consortium Carissimi for chamber choir with early baroque and jazz ensembles. In 2014, Walker founded the Jazz at Orchestra Hall in the Target Atrium series where he currently serves as Artistic Director.

About Anthony Cox:
Anthony is known for his work with several leading musicians including Geri Allen, Dewey Redman, Dave Douglas, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Gary Thomas, Sam Rivers, Marty Ehrlich, Ed Blackwell, Uri Caine and Joe Lovano,  (performing on Lovano’s album of the year in 1996 – Quartets Live at the Village Vanguard).  Cox grew up in Minneapolis and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before moving to New York. His albums as a leader include Falling Man (Muse, 1989), Dark Metals (Polygram), Factor of Faces (Antilles) and his solo bass project That and This (Sketch).

About Tesfa Wondemagegnehu:
Tesfa’s time in Minneapolis began as the Assistant Artistic Director of VocalEssence while concurrently serving as the Manager of the Choral Works Initiative and the Choral Stream™ at American Public Media. During his tenure at APM, he was named the founding artistic director of The Radio Choir from American Public Media which debuted at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis performing 7 Psalms by jazz composer Jeremy Walker. Wondemagegnehu serves as the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College. He maintains an active voice studio and teaches Music and Social Justice with the goal of helping bridge the gap of social injustice through music, dialogue, and inspiring it’s participants to take action in their communities. He most recently was the Director of Choral Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis where he co-founded the Justice Choir movement with noted composer Abbie Betinis.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

 “Hang the classifications and bring on more jazz art songs … The big takeaway was the overall quality and imagination involved in the Walker-Osowski-Wondemagegnehu collaboration.”
– Terry Blain, Star Tribune

[Clara Osowkski sings] “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity”
– UK Telegraph