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Violinist Terry Jenoure Presents “Secret to Life” Project with Pianist Angelica Sanchez

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome violinist Terry Jenoure and pianist Angelica Sanchez for a jazz performance on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

The performance is free and tickets are not required.

The performance is co-sponsored with Jazz at Bucknell.  

Violinist, vocalist and composer Terry Jenoure embarks on an untraveled road.  The 2023 Creative Capital Awardee invites her powerhouse Arizona-born pianist Angelica Sanchez on an exciting musical adventure to be featured in concert.  Jenoure’s newest experiment entitled Secret to Life is a vehicle that shines the spotlight on women’s accounts, ones that were once held in secret.  Applying her deft skills as researcher, Jenoure conducts interviews, then invites the women’s stories to become her muse through her uniquely constructed compositions.

Touting collaborations with a host of who’s-who from the Jazz world, Terry Jenoure and Angelica Sanchez began their own partnership in 2020 during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. And their journey continues. Combining story with virtuosic improvisation, or what Jenoure prefers to call “spontaneous composing,” Secret to Life uplifts. It honors and celebrates women as these veteran musicians take a deep dive into sacred space between the known and unknown. Sometimes playful, sometimes raucous, sometimes meditative, Terry Jenoure and Angelica Sanchez are a force that takes us by surprise but always lands us where we need to be. 

The Washington Post said, “Touches of chamber jazz, lively gypsy dances and earthy call-and-response…sung expressively by violinist Terry Jenoure.” 

The New York Times said, “In her piano playing as well as her compositions Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.”

Terry Jenoure violinist, vocalist, visual artist, and educator was born and raised in public housing projects in the Bronx, NY into a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. A 2023 recipient of awards from Creative Capital Foundation and an artist residency from the Grand Canyon Conservatory, influences on her composing range from her Afro-Caribbean heritage to her numerous collaborations with luminaries of the Free Jazz Movement. Some of these include Archie Shepp, Leroy Jenkins, Marion Brown, John Carter, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Andrew Cyrille, Elliot Sharp, Billy Bang, Richard Davis, and Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Threadgill. She studied voice with famed Edward Boatner who also coached Josephine Baker, Dinah Washington, and Jon Lucien. Associations with Yusef Lateef & Ornette Coleman have shaped her philosophy toward sound & her career choices emphasizing musical autonomy and experimentation. The recent release of her three-CD project features twenty-seven of her compositions for her sextet, The Portal. Her 2023 release is entitled Letters from Papa. Recent awards have come from South Arts Jazz Touring (2023); NEFA (2022); South Arts Jazz Residencies (2021) and Mass Cultural Council (2021). Terry Jenoure has a doctoral degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Angelica Sanchez pianist, composer, and educator moved to New York from Arizona in 1994. Since arriving on the east coast, Sanchez has collaborated with such notables as Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard Davis, Nicole Mitchell, Tim Berne, and Mario Pavone among others. Sanchez leads numerous groups, ranging from her none-piece mega band to an inspired duo with veteran pianist Marilyn Crispell. Her music has been recognized in national and international publications including Jazz Times, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune among others. She was also the recipient of a Chamber Music America grant and Rockefeller Brothers Pocantico artist residency. Sanchez’ debut recording A Little House was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and her trio project Float The Edge featuring Michael Formanek and Tyshawn Sorey has garnered wide critical acclaim. Angelica Sanchez has a Master’s degree in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University and is on the music faculty at Bard College.

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