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Brian McCarthy—The Better Angels of Our Nature

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On November 7, 2015, Ken French captured the Brian McCarthy Nonet in concert at the FlynnSpace in Burlington, VT.

In this film Brian McCarthy talks about the program and how it re-imagines music and events from the American Civil War through the artistic language of jazz. This 9-piece ensemble also brings together a diverse group of musicians (age, gender, race, disability) and provides all the power and color of a big band, while maintaining the intimacy of a small group.

"The Better Angels of Our Nature" is a quote from Lincoln in his first inaugural address, in which he pleaded to both Union and what would become the Confederacy to avoid conflict with one another. Though his plea was unsuccessful, this horrific conflict wiped the American stage clean, eventually turning oppression into a flourishing artistic culture. Out of this devastating war arose one of Lincoln’s “Better Angels”, the original American art form of Jazz.

Produced with facilities provided by Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

Original Airdate: 
Monday, December 14, 2015