Acclaimed acoustic guitarist Jim Scott will perform an evening of his songs of peace and the environment on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. With insight and more than a little humor, Scott makes his case for harmony in the world with a jazz / world folk music styling and some great guitar technique in accompaniment.
Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds from concert will be designated for green campus initiatives.
Active for years with the UU Seventh Principle Project and recently Co-chair of the Board, he helped develop the Green Sanctuary handbook and program of action for a church to self assess building, grounds and all facets of energy consumption to be more sustainable as an institution. Scott proposes that a spiritual response, from people of faith, is called for as “the spirit of life on earth is in crisis.” Rather than grim pronouncements, he makes his case with music, celebration and humor.
Having performed and led services at over 300 Unitarian churches, Scott’s connection and involvement runs deep. Three of his songs are included in the Unitarian Universalist Hymnbook and he has served on the board of the UU Musician’s Network, supporting the development of new music.
From a background in classical and jazz studies at Eastman School of Music and Berklee College, Scott’s music has gathered influences from his involvement in peace and ecology causes as well as his travels to Nicaragua, Australia, Europe and across North America. He considers himself a catalyst, using music to spread a message of peace, empowerment and equality.
“My music is both reflective and just plain entertaining,” Scott says. “I believe strongly in the power of song and self-expression to create positive change.”