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Finger-Songwriter is a jazz trio with the soul of the singer-songwriter movement and the grace of a chamber ensemble.
The group is led by award-winning pianist Jeremy Siskind, who - armed with a Master's in English Literature from Columbia University and inspired by Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and other singer-songwriter type - began writing lyrics to his own songs.
These lyrics, which deal with love and loss, horror and heartbreak, are movingly delivered by vocalist Nancy Harms - best known for her work with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Harms sings with a steely intimacy that ushers a listener into the world of a piece.
Woodwind wizard Lucas Pino colors the music with whispering tenor work, mournful clarinet, and murmuring bass clarinet. Pino, a graduate of the Brubeck Institute as well as the Juilliard School, plays with a sensitivity and muscular resolve that blend wondrously with Siskind's dark pianistic touch.
Since the summer of 2012, the group has played over 40 house concerts in 15 different states. The intimacy of the setting melds perfectly with the intimacy of the music to create events that move and inspire audience members.