About a year ago, Susan and I went out to our old stomping grounds of Wesleyan University and saw the premier of Noah Baerman’s “Know Thyself”. Susan and Noah met back in grad school, and Susan was renting an apartment from Noah and his wife earlier on when we were dating. Susan said Noah was premiering a new work at Wesleyan, and we should make the trip out to see it. It was something different, and I’d never actually seen Noah perform, so it sounded like a good idea.
The piece premiered in the second half of the performance, after intermission. It ran about an hour, during which time I was completely mesmerized. I can best describe it as a Jazz symphony, though I’m sure those words don’t do it justice. I turned to Susan after the event and said “wow, I wish you’d told me in advance it was going to be this great, I’d have invited along some other folks”.
Now, I can share it. Noah’s released a recording of the piece, which you can stream for free from his website. I encourage you to take the time to check it out, I think you’ll find it well worth your investment.