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Part 1: The Road by Sarah Jerrom

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Album Title: Magpie
TPR Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 86:74


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About the Album

The Magpie Suite - an evocative and transformative musical journey for expanded jazz orchestra and 4 voices - was born from a moment of awe. During a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in January 2018, composer Sarah Jerrom observed a gathering of magpies and crows performing a dance in the middle of a winter storm. At the time, Jerrom was working on a deeply personal composition defying the stigma and taboo surrounding pregnancy loss. This experience not only captivated her but also set the narrative trajectory for this new piece. The complex world of magpies became a rich metaphor woven throughout the suite’s musical narrative. The suite, which had its premiere on April 6, 2023 in Toronto, is a masterful blend of storytelling and music, guided by the folkloric nursery rhyme One for Sorrow. It takes the listener on a journey through the eyes of its main character, Woman/ Magpie, exploring profound themes such as feminism, infertility, grief, hope, and love. Each of the suite’s eight movements offers a distinct musical experience, seamlessly integrating elements of classical and jazz performance. A quartet of vocalists led by Jerrom adds another dimension to these dynamic and immersive soundscapes. Magpie is a tour de force, an emotional odyssey, a narrative of resilience, transformation, and the magic of storytelling through music. Magpie will be released worldwide on Friday, April 12th 2024 on TPR Records.


Part I: The Road; Part II: For Joy; Part III: Circling Feathers; Part IV: The White Elk; Part V: Nest Predator; Part VI: Carrion; Part VII: The Mountain Cries; Part VIII: Crystallization (For R.)


Mike Murley
saxophone, tenor
Kirk MacDonald
Tara Davidson
saxophone, alto
Shirantha Beddage
saxophone, baritone
William Carn
James Rhodes
Brian O'Kane
Zach Smith
Emily Ferrell
Olivia Esther
french horn
Tom Richards

Additional Personnel

Christian Overton (conductor) Laura Chambers (flutes, piccolo) Chieh-Ying Lu (oboe)

Date featured

May 21, 2024

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