March 12, 2021: Nearly a year to the date that the pandemic was declared in the United States, bassist Kris Monson (NYC), vocalist Linnea Monson (Madrid, Spain), and filmmaker Quin Mathews (Dallas, TX) release LUSH LIFE, a short film in conjunction with the Seven Tones Project, based on the Monson’s live performance of Billy Strayhorn’s renowned composition.
“Life is lonely again, but only last year, everything seemed so sure.” (Lush Life lyric)
After months of efforts and virtual collaboration, the film is now available to view on the Go Fund Me platform HERE. All of the monies raised will directly benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Covid-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund, providing urgent financial assistance to jazz and blues musicians reeling from the impact of the pandemic. The Monson’s have set a goal of raising $5,000. “Around the world, people of all walks of life have been affected by COVID-19 in various ways. For artists and musicians, this has been a particularly difficult time as all in-person performances and events have been cancelled. Live music is not only an essential cultural and creative force in every community, but it also serves as a primary source of income for many artists. We want to use this opportunity to raise money for the Jazz Foundation of America, an organization that is actively fighting to support musicians by providing compassionate counsel and offering direct financial support to jazz and blues musicians in need.” (Linnea Monson and Kris Monson).
About the Seven Tones Project
The Seven Tones Project is an educational public service that brings together quarantined musicians and filmmakers to make short films celebrating the artistry of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Our goal is to be a bridge between artists, pay tribute to the geniuses of Black American Music, and to create some beauty in our newly virtual world.