CAS Theodicy Jazz 2019


Wade in the Water

An Evening of Freedom Songs with Theodicy Jazz Collective

January 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

The Center for Arts and Spirituality welcomed Theodicy Jazz Collective back to NLC for an evening of music and conversation. The concert and discussion focused on the historical roots of jazz, blues, and freedom songs, and their strong connection to spirituality. With repertoire that spans from Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" to John Coltrane's legendary, "Love Supreme," this concert explored the deep spiritual roots of improvised music. Theodicy Jazz Collective lead worship at NLC the following morning with Reverend Andy Barnett preaching.

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About Theodicy Jazz Collective

Theodicy Jazz Collective

The Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008-2012. The band has performed and created services for a multitude of churches and cathedrals up and down the east coast, including workshops at Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Oberlin, and conferences from Los Angeles to London. TJC has performed for the National Council of Churches, Trinity Wall Street, The General Convention and House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and had a tour of England that culminated in the world premier of the group’s own composition, the Canterbury Jazz Mass, with the choirs at Canterbury Cathedral.  Learn more about Theodicy>

Andy Barnett

Founding Director, Rev. Andrew K. “Andy” Barnett is an ordained priest, musician, and teacher at the Washington National Cathedral. Hailing from Minnesota (he grew up just down the street from Normandale and sang in our youth choirs), he earned degrees in music and environmental studies at Oberlin, then attended Yale Divinity School, Yale Environment School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He has performed broadly across the United States and England, including a commissioned jazz mass (with William Cleary) for Canterbury Cathedral incorporating sounds from jazz, gospel, Latin America and Africa. The music is a constant prayer, sometimes a cry of joy, sometimes a shout for action, sometimes a deep, silent, hope. In his environmental work, he researched and wrote for the Presidential Climate Action Project- a menu of policy options that was presented to President Obama and informed that administration’s climate action. He also served on the Episcopal Presiding Bishop's delegation to the UN climate summits in France, Morocco, and Germany.