All week we’re sharing talks by the artists who’ll be performing in this weekend’s 3rd International M³ Festival, which will be presented online by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. CRS is a sponsor of M³ (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians). Below, you can hear Song Yi Jeon & Eli Maliwan aka Saxreligious talk about their duo commission “Intervallic Experimentasian” premiering Sunday, March 20 @ 2pm ET. Festival details are below.

After nearly six months working together as part of the Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) initiative, the project’s 3rd cohort of artists reconvenes virtually for the world premieres of their new, collaborative M³ commissions on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET and Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET via the The National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Hosted by renowned writer Kyla Marshell, each premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, who will answer questions from the audience about their creative process. The performances are streamed via Zoom and may be accessed for free with RSVP. Reservations at or links in bio:

March 19: M³ 3rd Cohort World Premieres Pt. 1
March 20: M³ 3rd Cohort World Premieres Pt. 2

Hailing from South Korea, Song Yi Jeon is a singer and composer who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the ear of the listener. Song Yi showed creative promise from an early age when she starting with Piano, Korean traditional singing, Korean traditional percussion, and drawing. She studied classical composition at the University of Music and Fine Art in Graz, Austria and Jazz vocals at the Music University in Basel, Switzerland and Berklee
College of Music in Boston, USA where she developing her unique sound. Through her background in classical composition, she uses her understanding of harmonic structure to create incomparable improvisations.

Song Yi made her Blue Note debut in New York to great acclaim with her quintet, Song Yi Jeon Quintet. Her quintet has also played at many clubs/festivals including the Jazz Gallery, the Falcoln, the Bitter End, Drom, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, Isabella Steward Garden, Regattabar Courtyard Boston, Basel Clubfestival, Off Beat Jazzfestival Basel, Langnau Jazz festival and the Next Generation Jazz Festival Monterey. In 2018, Song Yi released her first album “Movement of Lives” with her Quintet, featuring Vitor Goncalves, Kenji Herbert, Peter Slavov, Jongkuk Kim and featuring Rogerio Boccato at the Jazz Gallery in NYC. She is now based in Switzerland.

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Eli Maliwan is a performing musician, composer, and educator in the Bay Area, CA. He performs, records, and tours with multiple local projects including his own and is a faculty member for Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Giant Steps Program. Growing up in San Rafael CA, Eli started playing clarinet at 9 years old. He studied music full time in lieu of traditional high school and received a Bachelor’s of Music from Portland State University where he was deeply influenced by the mentorship of Darrell Grant and Alan Jones. Eli continued study with a Master’s of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Although his main focus has been jazz saxophone, Eli is a multi-instrumentalist that also performs on flute, clarinet, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), piano, electric bass, and voice.

Eli has had the honor of performing with Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, James Moody, Slide Hampton, and Alphonso Johnson. Eli has played at prestigious festivals such as Uberjazz in Hamburg Germany opening for the Sun Ra Arkestra, Portland Jazz Festival in Oregon, SF Jazz in CA, Bric Jazz Festival in NY, Winter Jazzfest in NY, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland OR, as well as several dates with Salami Rose Joe Louis Quartet opening for Flying Lotus on his national 2019 tour.

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