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 to simultaneously ground us powerfully in the moment and to lift us out of the everyday.  I work as a therapist by day.  Mandorla Music is a labor of love.

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. 

The series began in late 2013, when 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 Series.  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.

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.