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Samara Jade Trio ~ Improvisation Workshop and Concert

January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

“Philosopholk” songstress Samara Jade is coming to the Bellingham Alternative Library and will be presenting an afternoon workshop on Vocal Play and Exploration, followed by an evening concert with her trio of upright bass and trumpet, featuring local cartoon character, Devin Beu!

Workshop at 5pm – $10
Concert at 7:30pm – $6-12 sliding scale


Samara Jade is a musical seamstress, stitching together diverse musical influences into a unique tapestry of intricate yet catchy sounds. Hailing both from the mountains of western North Carolina and New York’s Hudson Valley, Samara has been in the Pacific Northwest for the past few months, touring by playing mostly house concerts. Samara’s songwriting, her groove-based guitar work and the emotive power of her singing voice all draw upon influences such as orchestral folk, jazz, soul, blues, and Appalachian styles. Samara Jade composes freshly surprising and emotionally relevant songs that approach subjects including but not limited to fermentation, bird songs and the beautiful insanity of humanness. As heart-opening as it is mind-stimulating, Samara’s music might be best described by her fans, one of whom dubbed it: ‘Philosopholk’.

Hollow Bamboo: A Vocal Improv and Expressive Singing Playshop – Together we will explore opening the creative portal so that we may sing without being held back by self judgment or hesitation. The goal is to work towards becoming more like hollow bamboo – a channel for creative expression and deep wisdom to pour through. We will start off with a series of playful sound and movement activities to open our voices and let down our thinking brains, entering a space of free vocal improv play and movement and gradually will move more into verbal singing, during which everyone is given the opportunity to sing what’s on their heart, with the loving support and listening ears of the rest of the group.


AltLib is always ALL AGES!


January 6, 2019
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm