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Wilton Library's Hot & Cool Jazz Concert Features 9 Horses

9 Horses in concert.
9 Horses in concert. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton Library will present a concert on Sunday, Nov. 13. by chamber jazz trio 9 Horses, which was inspired by the poetry of Billy Collins.

The concert is part of the library's concert series Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room.

Formed in 2013, 9 Horses features Joe Brent on the 10-string mandolin, Sara Caswell on the violin and Hardanger fiddle, and Andrew Ryan on bass.

Each musician brings a unique element to the ensemble: Brent’s mandolin recalls the sound of Americana and folk music; Caswell is likewise an extraordinary jazz musician, and Ryan is a virtuoso improviser in several styles, according to a release from Wilton Library. 

9 Horses is a musical experience unlike any other, perhaps like its name.

“The name of the band comes from a Billy Collins poem of the same name, which talks about a simple gift with a great significance," said Brent. "Small things with big meanings is a recurring theme in Collins' work, and in ours as well.”

9 Horses' debut album, “Perfectest Herald,” was released in 2015 on Sunnyside Records.

The title was influenced by Shakespeare’s comedic play "Much Ado About Nothing" from the quote, “Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.”

The group comes to this Hot & Cool concert after recently being named the winning ensemble in the 21CM Emerging Artists competition designed to showcase groups “reimagining the future of art music, which took place in September.

The suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Click here to register or call 203-762-6334. 

The concert will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. An informal reception will follow the concert. Preregistrants should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available.

The Hot & Cool concerts are made possible through funding from the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Catherine and Ed Romer and Tish and Chris Brubeck.

For additional concert information and directions, click here or call 203-762-6334.

Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton.

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