The Mandorla Music Series is curated and produced by Mark Redmond, i.e. the guy who's writing this.  I'm a longtime jazz lover and enthusiastic believer in the unique power of live music.  I work as a therapist by day. 

The series began in late 2013, and until the summer of 2015 I put on shows under the name 'Jazz at The Green Room,' at The Green Room in Union Square.  In the summer of 2015, I began using Third Life Studio, also in Union Square, and adopted the series name Mandorla Music Series.  In 2017, I've begun to produce some shows at the Parish of All Saints in Dorchester in collaboration with Greater Ashmont Main Street.

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 musicans, 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, bringing 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.