Jeremy Tokuyu Manasia
Original music for jazz quintet
based on traditional Zen chants
Jeremy Tokuyu Manasia, beloved liturgy master at the Village Zendo and a master pianist in the New York City jazz scene for two decades, is launching his latest CD, Sutra Book, at the Village Zendo, Oct 20, 2018.
This groundbreaking album explores traditional Zen chants through the lens of jazz. The melodies of The Song of the Jewel Mirror of Awareness, Nenju, and Kon Ro Man—familiar to anyone who’s sat a sesshin—will be heard interwoven with the complexities of bebop in a manner that is uplifting, soulful and once heard, demands to be heard again.
Tokuyu will lead the group through a number of the chants with live piano as accompaniment. We will have a chance to listen to selections from the record, and have a Q&A about the composition process.
Refreshments served afterwards.
Don’t miss what promises to be an amazing event!