Response

The [Canterbury Jazz Mass] was an absolute triumph.”

Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral

“This is music to move you–and God knows we need moving, out of the pews and into the streets.” 

Bill McKibben, Middlebury College, 350.org

“Theodicy fuses sophisticated jazz with the ancient rites of the Church, in the process shedding new light on both traditions.  But, above all, the music is simply stunning!”  

Bruce Neswick, Trinity Cathedral, Portland Oregon.

“Jazz Vespers: Good for the soul, mind, and body.  These new interpretations of old favorites bring the gospel alive afresh.”

“Canterbury Jazz Mass: Full of sound, light, and the calming spirit of the Holy.  This is a refreshing compilation for the ear and the heart.”

Emilie M. Townes, Dean, Vanderbilt Divinity School

“This music is entrancing beyond expectation. Truly delight filled and life enhancing. Listen and be transformed!”

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

I love both of these albums! Refreshing, inspired arrangements, soulful, skilled and passionate performances, these recordings open the window to a whole new world of sacred, spiritual music. Journeying from moments of graceful stillness to pure, joyful exuberance – what a gift these folks are!

Fran McKendree, singer/songwriter/worship leader

“These pieces by The Theodicy Jazz Collective are both exquisite and deeply moving. Listening, I found my senses awakened and my spirit refreshed. What a gift this music is!”

The Rev. C.K. Robertson, Ph.D. Canon to the Episcopal Presiding Bishop

“Beautiful and inspiring, the Canterbury Jazz Mass is a marvelous addition to the rich repertoire of mass settings.  The jazz idiom draws us into worship in unexpected ways that challenge us to hear ancient texts anew, with a sense of wonder, joy, and deep celebration of the mystery at hand.  The improvisational nature of the idiom invites us to listen with a fresh openness that is both contemplative and spiritual; this is a powerful draw for many students on our campus seeking a means for a spiritual encounter that is beyond their conventional expectation of worship.  Theodicy presents us with finely crafted and excellently performed music that gives us all a new means to lift our collective voices in wonder, love, and praise.”

 Chad Winterfeldt, Ph.D. Cantor, Gustavus Adolphus College

“The community of Canterbury Cathedral was delighted to be part of the creative initiative for the Canterbury Jazz Mass along with Theodicy Jazz Collective.  The Mass was performed during the Sunday Eucharist in the nave of Canterbury Cathedral and the collaboration with the Theodicy musicians and the Cathedral choir delivered a truly remarkable event.  We are grateful to Andy Barnett for his energy as well as his creativity in this achievement and I certainly commend the Jazz Mass to as wide an audience as possible.”

David Flood, Organist and Choirmaster, Canterbury Cathedral

You are experts. We hope to bring you back.”
Martin Sealey,
Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge University

We have had many expressions of delight for Sunday morning…Everybody’s buzzing about it.”
David Flood,
Orga
nist and Master of the Choristers, Canterbury Cathedral.

“[Theodicy's] music is stunning and inspiring, and beautifully performed.  They came to lead a workshop here for our seminarians, and taught in a wonderful, inclusive and inspiring way.  The seminarians here were deeply impressed, and we would have them back here any time they wanted. They inspired us with their music, teaching and spirituality…I commend them to you warmly, and without reservation…this was one of the most seminal and uplifting teaching and worship sessions that our students have encountered.
Revd. Canon Prof. Martyn Percy, Dean-designate of Christ Church, Oxford, UK

You guys are geniuses.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Troeger, Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music

 

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