Jasnam Daya Singh plays piano and leads PJCE in a performance of his Ektah: The Unity Project, an evening-length piece dedicated to cultivating a collective sense of belonging. Presented in cooperation with PDX Jazz.

Singh’s Ektah: The Unity Project, commissioned by PJCE for the Montavilla Jazz Festival in 2017, is a multi-movement suite that incorporates a wide-range of tributaries of the jazz stylistic river—Brazilian choro and samba of Singh’s country of birth, expansive European jazz and classical styles, and high-energy straight-ahead jazz. The piece embodies Singh’s musical interests but also expresses personal truths drawn from his journey as an immigrant and eventual citizen of the United States, and his conversion to Sikhism.

Concert details:

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | Doors open at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm.
The Old Church | 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-2031 (venue contact number)
Advanced tickets: $30 Premium*, $25 General, $20 Senior, $10 Youth (30 and Under), $5 Arts for All.
Day of Show tickets: $35 Premium*, $30 General, $25 Senior, $15 Youth (30 and Under), $5 Arts for All.

* Premium seating in first two rows of the center section.

In 2017, in an interview with PJCE Executive Director Douglas Detrick he said that “unity is not a luxury or something we concern ourselves with when everything else is taken care of. Rather, I want to think of this word and concept, Unity, as possibly one of the most needed things in our existence.” In 2019 those words ring just as true, if not more so given the intense division in our society around issues of immigration and American identity.

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