Plan now to attend Nelda Swiggett Quintet’s May 15 performance of the powerful “Alaska Suite” co-sponsored by Sacred Earth Matters and benefiting Green Buildings Now. Tickets are on sale at https://bit.ly/aksuite to experience Nelda Swiggett’s touching and powerful multimedia jazz work on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church.
Nelda’s current special project, the Alaska Suite, is inspired by the impacts of climate change, and features the emotional power of multiple mediums – her five-piece chamber jazz ensemble, spoken words, images and poetry.
Nelda’s love and concern for the natural world started early. She is a Seattle native, and spent her childhood hiking, climbing and skiing the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Her father Jack Christiansen was a passionate explorer of the wilderness. From a young age, Nelda followed him deep into the heart of the Olympic and Cascade mountains, mostly off trail, route finding with map and compass.
“The Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope” depicts how the climate crisis is unfolding in Alaska and leaves audiences inspired to take action. The 90-minute performance features jazz, images, poetry, spoken word and audience participation. One listener called the work “part love song, part sad ballad to Alaska, and part battle cry to reclaim the health of our planet.”
Learn more about “The Alaska Suite” at https://neldaswiggett.com/alaska-suite-2/ . All proceeds benefit Green Buildings Now, a grassroots initiative promoting social justice and climate resilience. Green Buildings Now is currently working with Bethany United Church of Christ, Spark Northwest and Bethany’s people-of-color-led campus partners to create a fossil-fuel-free South Beacon Hill Resilience Hub that will offer refuge for neighbors during potentially life-threatening climate emergencies. Tax-deductible donations to Green Buildings Now may be made at greenbuildingsnow.org.