Part two of this story will be in this week’s Rutland Reader or at www.rutlandreader.com
by George Nostrand
Musicians get inspiration from any number of sources. For Boston-based singer-songwriter Jay Ottaway, the inspiration behind his latest project came from the 19th century.
German poet Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Muller, lived in the early 1800s and was apparently quite busy. He wrote songs, published several volumes of poems, and even translated Christopher Marlowe’s “Faustus.” But Muller is best know for his work with Franz Shubert. He wrote two of Shubert’s song cycles. One of these song cycles was called, “Winterreise,” which means winter’s journey.
Fast forward to the year 2012. Musician Jay Ottaway leaves a concert, inspired. After attending a performance of “Winterreise,” that featured poetry by Muller, set to music by Shubert, Jay spent the next four years writing contemporary music and lyrics based on this series of songs…Read the complete story in the Rutland Herald or at www.rutlandherald.com.
Soon Ottaway will be heading back to Germany for another tour. Before he goes, he has a few local stops where you can learn more about him and hear his music. Ottoway be making a special appearance, spinning his new limited edition record, “Winter’s Journey,” for the public to hear, for free, around 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at Rick & Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse Records, 158 North Main St., Rutland. Facebook.com/RKHowlinMouse.
Jay Ottaway will be performing his last local concert at 7 p.m. at the Five Corners Brewhouse & Pub at the Salt Ash Inn, 4758 Rte. 100A, Plymouth. www.saltashinnvt.com. Jay’s website is www.jayottaway.com.