“Wondering Why” with Tim Ray (Tim Ray: music; Lisa Thorson: lyrics)
“Through the medium of these lovely songs, the talents of these two exceptionally gifted artists are vividly displayed. Brought together as they are on ‘Out to Sea’, they are magical.”
— Bruce Crowther, co-author of Singing Jazz: The Singers and Their Styles
Quartets and Quintets
These ensembles success and popularity can be attributed to longevity and a spirited kinship. What has resulted over time is an ensemble that shares the writing duties to create improvised music acclaimed for its unique mix drawing from the rich lexicon of jazz, original compositions and innovative arrangements that give a nod to the past and a look to the future.
I Mean You (Thelonius Monk, arr. Mark Shilansky)
JazzArtSigns® creator Lisa Thorson’s artistic vision and intent is that “through JazzArtSigns®, I hope to inspire new mainstream artistic projects that will take a holistic view of access to the arts – one where access is an element in the creative process rather than an add-on that restricts creativity. With JazzArtSigns®, the ASL interpreter and painter trade fours with the band and everyone improvises. This is what makes the event so unique.”
JazzArtSigns® has been performed to unanimous acclaim in Boston, MA, Portsmouth, NH’s Music Hall and as one of the premiere events in the Independence Starts Here! Festival, Philadelphia’s first city-wide festival showcasing art influenced or inspired by the experience of disability.
Boswellmania (Coming soon)
Without Words (Coming soon)