Mandorla Music is the umbrella name for the curatorial and presenting work of  Mark Redmond, i.e. the guy who's writing this.  I'm a therapist by day and an enthusiastic believer in the unique power of live music to simultaneously ground us powerfully in the moment and to lift us out of the everyday.

Some history: In late 2013, I began to put on shows at The Green Room in Union Square under the name 'Jazz at The Green Room.'  In the summer of 2015, I began presenting at Third Life Studio, also in Union Square, and adopted the name Mandorla Music*.  In 2017, I also began to co-produce the Dot Jazz Series at the Parish of All Saints in Dorchester with Greater Ashmont Main Street.  In the summer of 2018, I presented a few shows at the wonderful pop-up gallery and performance space ARTSpace on Tremont Street in Mission Hill.  In the summer of 2019, Third Life Studio's closure pushed me further in the direction I was already heading, towards focusing more of my presenting south of the Charles.  The second half of 2019 saw the growth of the  Dot Jazz Series, an exciting collaboration with Milton's Eustis Estate, and an important organizational step, becoming a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, which means that I could begin to accept tax-deductible donations to support the work.

As the reality of COVID hit, and I was forced to cancel a number of exciting spring events and pause planning others that were in the works, I initiated an effort to insure that guarantees made to artists whose Mandorla shows were canceled would be paid as promised.  Later in the spring, I got word that a I was a recipient of a Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation, enabling the production of a performance and recording of works by Boston saxophonist and composer Arni Cheatham. 

As of this update, in late August 2020, I'm planning a pair of outdoor concerts (the first Mandorla events since March!) and working with collaborator Kevin Harris towards bringing the LAB-enabled Arni Cheatham project to fruition.

* Why "Mandorla?"  Mandorla is a term from mythology and architecture that refers to the space created by two overlapping circles.  It feels perfect for what I'm trying to do: creating a space for meeting between musicians, between players & listeners, between the immediate and the transcendent.  Mandorla Music seeks to represent the diversity of the jazz spectrum, from swing to skronk, gentle to raucous, in and out.  Some shows are less obviously "jazz" than others, reflecting world music, chamber music, rock or other influences.  What's central is the immediacy of live music that's made to be engaged - entered into -  with open ears, an open mind & an open heart.