All photos courtesy of Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
The warmth and intimacy of traditional jazz venues, along with the audience conversation and feedback those kind of spaces allow, is exactly where chamber music belongs, they believe.
Their initiative, the six-year-old Birdfoot festival, is named for the way the Mississippi River branches out, resembling a bird’s footprint. And like that meandering Mississippi, this festival follows its own unique course.
Co-founder and artistic director Jenna Sherry is a New Orleanian and a violinist working out of London. Her work keeps her on the cutting edge of both talent and musical evolution throughout the world. Her mother, co-founder and executive director Tracey Sherry, handles the nuts and bolts of the organization from New Orleans, forging partnerships and connections within the city. Together they bring world-renown musicians into the city for a festival experience that is both unique and, somehow, very familiar to anyone who loves music.