When it comes to creating opportunities for her fellow working musicians, Amy Bormet has been more than willing to put her action where her mouth is. The pianist, vocalist, composer and DMV native founded the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011, and has continued to support the D.C. jazz scene by amplifying the sounds of its artists, especially its female musicians.
“I just like to count up all of my tax forms at the end of the year as a small business and be able to say, ‘I paid more women than men this year,’” she said, joking — mostly — in an interview.
Her latest concert series, Into the Air, kicks off this Sunday. It will feature duet performances between Bormet and a local musician she admires, every other weekend, at an intimate bookstore in Hyattsville, Md. Bormet hopes the shows will create an immersive, interactive space where music lovers can enjoy the sounds of local artists and have an opportunity to talk directly with the performers about the inspiration behind their music.
The bookstore, My Dead Aunt’s Books, is located at 5132 Baltimore Ave., just about five minutes north of the D.C.-Maryland border. This Sunday’s featured artist is Nicole Saphos, a young bassist, vocalist and composer.
Tickets are $20 per show, or $60 for a full-series pass. A full schedule is below.
- Nov. 11: Nicole Saphos (bass, vocals)
- Nov. 25: Leigh Pilzer (baritone saxophone)
- Dec. 9: Soma Sarkar (vocals)
- Dec. 23: Mike Nickens (tuba)