Sarah Perske’s swingin’ spectral-music-meets-12-tone-meets-jazz piece Assembly Line will be performed on our Friday, June 22nd concert, Nightlife. See our full Summer Festival 2018 schedule here. All events are free and open to the public!
I had no idea what I was doing there.
Suddenly, Micky Rooney was at my elbow in a panic.
“Rita Hayworth has the flu! Quick, Sarah! Someone’s got to fill in! The show must go on!”
I tried to tell him Judy would be a better choice of understudy. I tried to tell him that an unglamorous, nerdy, Catholic, millennial girl had no business performing in the prestigious Second Viennese School Jazz Nightclub, that hippest of hip joints, lately infiltrated by a quiet contingent of spectralists. But Micky pushed me toward the stage.
“You’re the reason we’re all here in one place,” he said. “In your mind, these musics blend. Otherwise, they belong to separate aesthetic worlds that never meet. You brought us together. You have something important to say. NOW LET’S PUT ON A SHOW!!!!”
So I pulled on Rita’s silk gloves.
With trembling hands, I picked up a microphone.
And I did.
– Sarah Perske