The Amherst College Department of Music presents two senior jazz composition theses: “Garden of Snakes,” by Diego Ramos-Meyer ‘19 on Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m., followed by “A Thousand Shapes,” by Ella Yarmo-Gray ‘19 at 7:45 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is FREE and open to the public; seating is by general admission. “Garden of Snakes” is a 5-piece suite exploring African-American and LatinX jazz music. Born to a Costa Rican father and American mother, Ramos-Meyer grew up listening to music from a wide variety of traditions all over the Americas. This ten-piece ensemble, including flute, violin, trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone, and congas, takes the audience on a journey through modern-day manifestations of traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms. From Herbie Hancock to Pérez Prado to J Dilla, “Garden of Snakes”, has a little something to offer for everybody. “A Thousand Shapes" Virginia Woolf writes in her novel To the Lighthouse, “Love had a thousand shapes.” In a five-piece suite, Yarmo-Gray explores the ways in which various forms of love can be encapsulated in music, particularly those that are non-romantic. The music is of the modern jazz idiom, and is written for a six-piece ensemble that includes Yarmo-Gray on piano, Fumi Tomita on bass, Austin McMahon on drums, Will Fishell ‘20 on trumpet, Dean Gordon ‘22 on tenor saxophone, and MacKenzie Kugel ‘20E on violin. This exploration takes the listener through a multitude of their own experiences with love, and introduces the possibility of many more. FREE and open to the public.