Flutist and composer Kelly McDermott’s BLUE: Liminal Spaces
April 8 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly McDermott’s BLUE
Liminal Spaces - Ann ARBOR DEBUT
Saturday, April 8th, 2023 at 7:30 pm
After two wonderful performances here with her band Nessa, Kerrytown Concert House is delighted to invite Kelly McDermott (bandleader, composer, flutist, vocalist) back to the House for her new project entitled BLUE. BLUE is a diverse and eclectic ensemble united in its mission to share original music with modern themes and a fusion of sounds bringing joy and love to the liminal spaces in ourselves and our changing world. Described as a “mystical-neo-classic jam,” this multi-media event will include all original compositions with influences of jazz, classical, meditation and pop music enfolded in spoken word and video components. This performance marks BLUE’s Ann Arbor debut and celebrates the upcoming release of the project’s first CD entitled Liminal Spaces. Joining McDermott is an incredible line-up of artists: Terry Jackson (poet), Mike Harrison (keys), Geno Parker (drums & percussion), Rob Crozier (string & electric bass), and Thor Sigurdson (cello).
Kelly McDermott holds a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University majoring in flute performance and music therapy. In addition, she has a Masters in flute performance and a Post Masters Professional studies degree in flute performance from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has participated in festivals and master classes including the AIMS Festival in Graz Austria, Aspen festival in Colorado, Teton festival in Wyoming, Sarasota Florida Chamber festival, Wildacres Master class in North Carolina, the William Bennett flute class in England, and Suzuki flute training in Hamilton, Ontario from book 1 through book 8.
After completing her studies Ms. McDermott stayed in Philadelphia studying flute privately in New York City and working professionally as an orchestral and chamber musician. Ms. McDermott has been heard on numerous radio stations including a live interview on WNYC in New York City and “All About the Arts” on PBS in Michigan.
She returned to her native Michigan residing in Ann Arbor and continues to work as an orchestral musician and teacher. Her teaching style garnered her a teaching post for two months in 2016 at the JFK School in Berlin Germany. As an ambassador of the Suzuki method, she was invited to do workshops for faculty in Pfullingen Germany. Her musical calling has taken a turn and she is now the leader of the band NESSA. In NESSA she composes, arranges, sings, and plays piano and percussion as well as flute. Nessa has been heard and interviewed on radio and internet radio stations around the U.S.and Canada including two full interviews on NPR’s State Side. She is thrilled to present her new project – Blue – to KCH audiences.
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