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Jane Ira Bloom presents work inspired by Emily Dickinson at UMass Concert / WNPR Radio

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Jane Ira Bloom, the innovative soprano saxophonist and composer, loves to tap into non-musical art forms as sources of inspiration for her bold, original music. With her passionate affinity for multiple forms of artistic expression -- everything from painting and film to theater and dance -- she transforms extra-musical elements into catalytic forces for her creative imagination as a composer and improviser. Bloom is, for example, a pioneer in the use of foot-switch operated live electronics blended with complementary body movements made while playing her gorgeous sounding soprano. Her synthesis of music and motion yields a mesmerizing blend of sound and sight, a sonic mobile creating a whirling world of kaleidoscopic shapes, colors, drama, and flowing lines all its own.

In 2015, Bloom won the prestigious Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award for a new composition inspired by the iconic 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson, whose writings are a motherlode of verbal riches for the composer to mine for inspiration and illumination. Appropriately enough, Bloom presents the premiere of her new work, Wild Lines, an homage to Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Amherst, on Thursday, April 28, at 8:00 pm in Amherst at the University of Massachusetts' Bezanson Recital Hall.

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