[ArtsFest will include numerous gallery events across town, and will represent all the arts including partnering with the St. Charles Jazz Weekend.]
Tomell: You're not only arranging, but composing as well?
Murphy: I am currently in the process of releasing a couple singles of my own compositions. We're still in a place where we're learning so much. … You have to go through the process of deciding how you want the music to be perceived. It's so personal when you're writing, you're composing [and] you have a band that brings it to life – [that] personal element, something that's yours.
Tomell: You will play at The Wine Exchange at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and also have two appearances the final day of the festivities?
Murphy: On Sunday morning, I'll be doing the 9 a.m. jazz service at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. That is my home church. There will be a member of the church singing with us. I'm playing a charity event – with the trio – later that day called "An Evening of Random Acts" … at Mount St. Mary Park. We're closing the night from 6:15 to 6:55 p.m. [To learn more, visit RandomActsMatter.com.]
Tomell: How can people keep track of where you'll be performing in general?
Murphy: Follow me on Instagram at @alexmurphyjazz and Facebook. A sure-fire way to see my group would be to come and buy a ticket to Vero Voce at verovoce.com.
Tomell: Alison, how broad is the scope of the St. Charles Arts Council's ArtsFest this year and are there new elements?
Alison Bastian: ArtsFest was developed as a way to incorporate all arts organizations across all of St. Charles. We want to promote the fact that we're representative of arts of all disciplines. We tend to be visual arts, [but we're] using this event to include other arts – music, performance, dance, spoken word and poetry [for the] first time. Poems … will be made into 24-by-36-inch posters and displayed in some of the storefronts.
We have a lot of galleries and we have [the] poetry crawl new to the event. Outside of that, we have tons of performing art [including] Jazz Weekend. We involve all of what's going on at the Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run, Steel Beam Theatre ["Girls Night!" is a revue of Broadway musicals written by women],… the Marquee Youth Stage and LUX Dance Studio. There'll be live music and dancing the night of the reception – from 6 to 8 Sept. 7.
To see all the attractions and the full schedule extending until Sept. 16 and beyond at some venues, visit stcharlesartscouncil.org/artsfest-2018. For more on jazz events, go to downtownstcharles.org/dscp_events/stc-jazz-weekend.