Something a little different – Merton: From Jazz to Chant

Fr. Jeremy King is in a group which recently performed something a little different. I met Fr. Jeremy at St. Meinrad‘s when I was in Indiana as a Community Organizer. The place is fantastic and rarely have I met a warmer soul that Fr. Jeremy.

From the youtube video:

Merton: From Jazz to Chant commemorates the 42nd anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death. Thomas Merton reminded us “if we have not silence, God is not heard in our music. If we have no rest, God does not bless our work.” These words let us peek into the world of Thomas Merton and see the role that music played for him. Thomas Merton enjoyed music and the silence between the notes. Before he entered the monastery, he frequented jazz clubs. This continued after he became monk. While in the monastery, Merton discovered chant. This program explores two seemingly different forms of music. We invite you to decide how different they truly are.

The performers: Members of the Archabbey of Saint Meinrad’s schola: Fr. Jeremy King, Choirmaster and Schola Director, Br. John Mark Falkenhain, Br. Martin Erspamer, and scholar and composer, Fr. Columba Kelly. The jazz quartet is comprised of Chuck Marohnic, Jason Tiemann, Jacob Duncan, and Chris Fitzgerald.

Using the works of Thomas Merton and others, The Merton Institute develops resources for “living your everyday life as your spiritual life.” This way of living is the essence of contemplative living.

For more information and to order additional copies of this program contact:
The Merton Institute
2117 Payne Street Louisville, KY 40206

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