Tag: Jason McKinney

Translating A Sunset

As musicians, we translate written music—the composer’s instructions and all the technical demands—into an active, emotional experience for an audience. During our rehearsals, we often discuss where we think a piece is going—the story it’s telling, the images it brings to our minds, or…

A Celtic Summertide: Thank You!

Thank You to everyone who came out to experience “A Celtic Summertide” with us at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort! It was a lovely evening of music and art made all the lovelier by the warmth of your company. The gallery became filled…

The Old Ash Tree

“The Old Ash Tree” is dedicated to my grandfather, Bryant McKinney. In it, I hope to capture his strength, the beauty of the humble life he’s led, and his role as a central axis in my family, the main branch in our tree of life.

O’Carolan Reimagined

Rather than attempt to recreate what O’Carolan himself might have done with these tunes, I chose to compose in a style I felt would indulge O’Carolan’s own musical curiosity while giving a nod to the colorful anecdotes that pepper the many written accounts of his life.

A Story that Lingers, a Tune that Wanders

A story ripped from its song, turned into a poem, and then married to a tune borrowed from yet another song — what a tangled web!

A Celtic Summertide: The Art of Collaboration

Collaborating artist Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, will premiere a new collection of Irish songs and join us in other traditional works specially arranged for this concert.

Traveling Mercies

Composed by Manitou Winds founder, Jason McKinney, “Traveling Mercies” will receive its premiere this May featuring guest soloist Thomas Bara, organ.

What the Stars Saw on the Prairie

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) from The Rest is Noise When my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2005, I had recently moved to Chicago and was unable to travel…

Variety: It’s the Spice!

Our September 24th concert was an experiment: a test to see just how much variety could be crammed into a single concert program performed by a single ensemble. To up the ante, we also added an element of chance; allowing the audience to play…

Manitou Winds in the media!

2016 was a dynamic year for Manitou Winds — many opportunities to get out into the community and share the intimate quality of chamber music while also spreading imagination, creativity, and inspiration through visual art from our collaborating artist, Ellie Harold. In April, Jason…

St. Basil’s Hymn

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. Have you ever heard a tune that just kinda grabbed you by surprise and then stuck around? We have a lot of terms for…

A Manitou Christmas Medley

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. As creative director of Manitou Winds, I spend a lot of time searching through titles and listening to music, curating the individual pieces that…

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