Please enjoy this concert with
Caroline Davis – Saxophone, Voice
Wendy Eisenberg – Multi-instrumentalist
The concert streams live at 6PM Eastern and will be available to purchasers for future viewing indefinitely
If you’re not familiar with Caroline’s music, listen to a sample here:
Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, and saxophonist Caroline Davis lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in 2012. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, is an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago’s jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. In 2018, she won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll “rising star” in the alto saxophone category. Caroline’s third album, Heart Tonic, was released on Sunnyside Records to much acclaim in NPR, the New York Times, and DownBeat. Davis’ self-titled Alula, featuring Matt Mitchell and Greg Saunier, was released on New Amsterdam Records in 2019, and Persona’s Anthems, a collaboration with pianist Rob Clearfield, was released later that year.
Since living in New York, Davis has become active as both a side-person and a leader in a diverse set of music communities (jazz, improvised music, modern classical, R&B, folk). She has shared musical moments, most recently, with Lee Konitz, Angelica Sanchez, The Femme Jam, Matt Mitchell, J. Hoard, Terry Riley (alongside Travis Laplante, Scott Robinson, + Dan Blake), Miles Okazaki, Nicole Zuraitus, Matt Wilson, Rachel Therrien, Thana Alexa, and Billy Kaye. Her collaborations include Maitri (with Ben Hoffmann) and Persona (with Rob Clearfield).
In March of 2019, Davis was a composer-in-residence at the esteemed MacDowell Colony and in the same year, was awarded the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship for her work between 2019-21. Her compositional practice integrates music with the cognitive sciences, anatomical structures, trauma, and the brain, influenced by her Ph.D work in Music Cognition. Recently, Davis has been using her platform for social justice, particularly devoted to prison reform and the release of political prisoners.
As an educator, Caroline brings her unique knowledge of music and psychology to her teaching. She has been on the faculty at Litchfield Jazz Camp for 15 years, Stanford Jazz Institute for 5 years, and an educator at The New School, Northwestern University, Harvard University, DePaul University, Columbia College, University of Texas at Arlington, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, to name a few. She has also participated in the following jazz mentorship programs: IAJE’s Sisters in Jazz, the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, and Jen Shyu/Sara Serpa’s Mutual Mentorship Program.