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Out Here & Beyond - Amanda Monaco of Pirkei Avot

03/04/2014 9:00 am
03/04/2014 12:00 pm


Host Chuck Obuchowski will be interviewing guitarist Amanda Monaco today at 10 a.m. during "Out Here & Beyond," Tuesday Morning Jazz, which airs from 9 a.m. - noon. Her Pirkei Avot (pronounced "pear - kay") ensemble performs Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m., at the Congregation Adath Israel synagogue, 8 Broad St. in Middletown, CT. Details at 860-346-4709.

Amanda has created unique, wide-ranging music for nearly 20 years, including four strong recordings as a leader. Her latest, "The Pirkei Avot Project, Vol. 1" finds her exploring vocal interpretations of ancient rabbinical aphorisms, accompanied by a quartet that expertly blends jazz and Middle Eastern musical traditions.

UH listeners will be treated to several compositions from Amanda's "Pirkei Avot Project" during our interview, as well as music from her earlier recordings. The guitarist grew up in Wallingford and now makes her home in New York.