Free Jazz Performance

Friday, February 20 and 27, 7 pm

A duo concert by vocalist/ songwriter Sabrina Lastman and pianist Jamie Newman presenting contemporary jazz by North American and Latin American composers including some of her own material, as well as improvisations.

SONIC ROOMS There is an Indian belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete.

--Drawing from jazz, Latin American, and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, vocalist, songwriter and educator Sabrina Lastman is described as "perennially eclectic and innovative" (Lucid Culture) Sabrina also creates and performs interdisciplinary projects incorporating voice, sound, movement, and visuals. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sabrina has toured internationally, and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Blues Alley Jazz, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Juilliard, New York University, Yale University, Rutgers University, Le Poisson Rouge, Harvard University, City University of New York, and Classical Guitar Association of New York, among others. She has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero (Grammy Award Winner), Bakithi Kumalo, Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan (Grammy Award Nominated), Emilio Solla (Grammy Award Nominated), Pedro Giraudo, Alexis Cuadrado, David Silliman, Meredith Monk, Meg Okura, and Alex Norris. Her album "The Folds of the Soul" was nominated by the Graffiti Awards 2008 in Uruguay as one of the best jazz albums of the year. She was awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She was the co-artistic director of Vital Vox: A Vocal Festival. Sabrina graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel.

--Jamie Newman lives in West Lafayette. He has degrees from Reed College and the Boston University School of Law. He is the accompanist for Purdue University's Dance Division. He also plays jazz piano and organ with various groups in and around Central Indiana, and as a soloist. He used to practice law. Those days are over.