Inspired by Johnny Cash and John Coltrane, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Radiohead, Walker wrote new music for the ancient Hebrew poems that are cries for help, howls of frustration and shouts of joy: “Have mercy on me, O Lord.” “How long, O Lord?” “Our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. —STAR TRIBUNE
Sat Jan 23 8pm Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
7 PSALMS with the debut of The Radio Choir from American Public Media
conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Tickets and Information minnesotaorchestra.org
Compositions that attempt to fuse the worlds of jazz and classical aren’t often convincing, but here’s one that is. Minneapolis composer Jeremy Walker’s “7 Psalms” premiered a couple of years ago in the Twin Cities, and was immediately recognized as a work of unusual sincerity and resonance. —TERRY BLAIN, STAR TRIBUNE (January 2016)
It is important that a creation reflects something of the creator, and with 7 PSALMS Jeremy has allowed us to know who he is. The piece is searching, soulful and swinging. This is a beautiful and important recording.
—TED NASH, Multi-instrumentalist/Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
I wasn’t prepared for the power, scope, and enormity of 7 PSALMS, . . . It was sad and uplifting, stormy and hushed. It marched and it swung. It was requiem and hosanna, blues and hymn. —PAMELA ESPELAND, bebopified (April 2013)
Jeremy Walker’s voice as a pianist and composer is a marvelous thing—his music is both direct and thoughtful, stripped bare of excessive ornamentation, with something elemental and pure in it. 7 PSALMS is a very soulful recording, one that will reward repeated listenings. —DAVID BERKMAN Pianist/Composer, Professor in Jazz Studies, Aaron Copland School of Music, C.U.N.Y.