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The Yeats Project

by Sarah Jerrom

Vocalist and composer Sarah Jerrom presents the poetry of William Butler Yeats. Blending the elements of jazz and classical music and uniquely orchestrated for a nine-piece ensemble, The Yeats Project is a rarity in terms of concept and sound.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
5:21 $0.99
2. A Coat / That Reed-Throated Whisperer
2:54 $0.99
3. The Stolen Child
5:17 $0.99
4. Adam's Curse
9:48 $0.99
5. The Choice
6:21 $0.99
6. Meru
8:16 $0.99
7. The Lake Isle of Innisfree / Stream and Sun at Glendalough
10:54 $0.99
8. Sailing to Byzantium
6:22 $0.99
9. She Moved Through the Fair
5:49 $0.99
10. Death
3:30 $0.99
11. To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing
7:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Yeats Project is a contemporary chamber jazz group that features the poetry of William Butler Yeats. With original music and arrangements by Sarah Jerrom, the featured poems reflect upon themes such as spirituality, life as an artist, death, defeat and love. The group’s 9-piece instrumentation is comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and a traditional jazz rhythm section with Jerrom on vocals. The ensemble, led by conductor Tom Richards, features some of Toronto’s top established and emerging musicians. Blending the elements of jazz, improvisation and classical music, The Yeats Project presents the words of W.B. Yeats set to music in a completely unprecedented style and approach. This distinctive interpretation and the ensemble’s unique combination of instruments played by a specially formed group of top-flight, multi-influenced musicians makes The Yeats Project a rarity in terms of concept and sound.


Sarah Jerrom (vocals/compositions/arrangements)
Ernesto Cervini (drums)
Andrew Downing (cello)
Aleksandar Gajic (viola)
Johnny Griffith (bass clarinet)
Tara Kannangara (flugelhorn)
Rob McBride (double bass)
Carissa Neufeld (piano)
Tom Richards (conductor)
Linnea Thacker (violin)

“It was the arranging which struck me when I first heard the (Yeats Project’s) music back in 2012; the poems lend themselves to beautiful, lush treatments, and Sarah uses the ensemble’s nine instruments to great effect. The result is contemporary sounding but still tuneful, an interesting mix of chamber music and improvisation; Sarah’s impressive vocals soar over top.”

– Josh Grossman – Artistic Director, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival



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Jürg Sommer, Switzerland

Sang & Klang aus Kanada
Diana Krall, ein Weltstar, ist die z.Zt. erfolgreichste kanadische Vokalistin. Doch auch ihre jüngere Kollegin Sarah Jerrom hat sich mit der CD „Illuminations“ (bei cdBaby.com erhältlich) als Newcomerin mit einem konventionellen Jazzstandards-Rezital etabliert. In ihrer 2. Produktion mit von Jerrom vertonten Gedichten des irischen Nobelpreisträgers William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) stossen die Vokalistin und ihr Ensemble vor in klanglich faszinierende, zumindest aus der Jazzperspektive noch kaum erschlossene Grenzgebiete zwischen aktuellem Jazz und moderner Kammermusik. Die 8-köpfige Begleitband (Kammertrio mit Violoine, Bratsche, Cello, plus Bläsersatz mit Klarinetten und Flügelhorn, dazu ein Klaviertrio mit dem Tausendsassa Ernesto Cervini an den Drums) glänzt in innovativen Kompositionen und Arrangements von Sarah Jerrom, geleitet vom bekannten Dirigenten Tom Richards. Eine spannende Musik jenseits ausgelatschter Pfade und ohne den geringsten Mainstreamverdacht, ergo wärmstens empfohlen!