Meditations on Freedom

The following is from Emma Paynter’s class presentation:

“At this time of disruptive and divisive change in our nation, I felt compelled to create these jazz meditations. Working in the tradition of protest compositions by some of our best song writers, I went on to compose my own. We hope this work generates reflection on the fragile and precious freedoms we must fight to preserve and extend to everyone who lives in this country.”

-Noah Preminger


What are Meditations?










Meditations on Freedom = his sixth album

The Quartet:

  • Jason Palmer – trumpet
  • Kim Cass – double bass
  • Ian Froman – drums
  • Preminger – saxophone

Noah Preminger – Biographical Info

  • Born in Brooklyn
  • Grew up in Canton CT
  • Studied with Dave Liebman (saxophonist)
  • 32 years old
  • Started music @ age 8
  • Went to West Hartford
  • Hall High School
  • 12 + “critically acclaimed” albums
  • 8 leader releases (6 as a sideman)
  • Attended New England Conservatory of Music


  • Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day
  • Meditations on Freedom Release Date

It’s an album by a human being!

*caring and compassion

(album was written in two weeks before inauguration day)

Topics Covered:
  • Native American rights (freedom)
  • Women’s rights
  • Racism in America
  • Poverty (unequal living standards, etc. . . )
  • Environmental hazards (ieclimate change)

Only A Pawn In Their Game:

Just the Way It is:

A Change Is Gonna Come:

We Have A Dream:

Mother Earth:

Women’s March:

The 99 Percent:

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

Broken Treaties

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do we see political outcries through music today?
  2. What is the most impactful way to create change in society? How does that differ based on age, gender, socioeconomic background?
  3. Why is music used to spread emotions surrounding current events?


noah preminger presentation

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