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Lisa Thorson’s JazzArtSigns: Unbound

Lisa Thorson

Vocalist and bandleader Lisa Thorson is wheelchair bound, but when she performs with her quintet many people won’t even notice. Instead they’ll focus on the animated motions of improvisational painter Nancy Ostrovsky. Working prominently behind the musicians, Ostrovsky creates a huge painting in sync with the music. Or perhaps they’ll watch an American Sign Language interpreter or the LED live captioning; meanwhile, large-print and Braille programs are also part of the show.

Together this group takes audiences to a world where physical limitations don’t exist. This is the mission of JazzArtSigns, an ensemble created to bring disabled and mainstream communities together to enjoy music.

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