GWEN LASTER's NEW MUSE TRIO
BLUE LOTUS AND BEYOND
Saturday, December 3rd @ 7:30 pM
Gwen Laster’s New Muse Trio performs music from the group’s debut recording Blue Lotus. An improvising ensemble started in 2015, New Muse performs 20th/21st-century music and original works as a vehicle for social activism. Their work encompasses composed melodies, rhythms and themes woven in and around improvisation from the Black American music lexicon – free and in-form, jazz and collective spontaneity. They believe improvisation to be the highest form of freedom, self-expression and social activism.
This performance is supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts
- Masks are strongly encouraged and available as needed.
- Please do not attend a performance if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Gwen Laster is a nationally acclaimed musician who has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jubilation Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Arts Mid Hudson, Lila Wallace, and the Cognac Hennessy 1st place Jazz Search. She’s a native Detroiter whose creative influences come from the Motor City’s exciting urban and classical music culture. Gwen started improvising and composing because of her parent’s love of jazz, blues, soul and classical music and her inspiring music teachers from Detroit’s public schools. Laster relocated to NYC after earning two music degrees from the University of Michigan. She began collaborating, performing and recording with internationally-known creative and commercial artists including Anthony Braxton, Nona Hendryx, Aretha Franklin, Wadada Leo Smith, William Parker, Danny Elfman, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tyler the Creator, Gladys Knight, Emeline Michel, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Shaggy, Andrew Baba Lamb, Natalie Cole, Solange, Mark Anthony, J Lo and Shakira at President Obama’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball.