Jess Mays is a brilliant composer, performer, and singer-songwriter from Denver but also spent time in Montreal and now lives in New York. As a capital “C”composer she’s had works performed nationally as well as abroad by many ensembles but her singer-songwriter output is really just at it’s onset and looks to have a long future. Her music engages listeners at the surface as approachable while maintaining a deep level of complexity with intricately composed melodic lines, surprising harmonies, and sometimes constantly shifting meters.
We were playing a venue set up in the round to look like a living room of a house, which is why the lighting is so weird. I did the arrangements for strings and brass.