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
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.