Sponsored by the City of Kirkland as part of Earth Month.
The Alaska Suite features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble performing the original music of Seattle pianist and composer Nelda Swiggett. The performance engages the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images and poetry — to connect audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change. Ultimately a story of hope, the performance leaves audiences inspired to take action, and play a role in facilitating society’s response to climate change.
“The combination of the music, your spoken words, and the images was magnificent. What a beautiful way to communicate many facets of climate change, and to draw people in.”
— Elizabeth Burton
Nelda Swiggett – piano, compositions, narrative, curated images
Julian Smedley – violin
Clif Swiggett – trombone, percussion
Chris Symer – bass
Adam Kessler – drums
Jill McGrath – poetry