Estuary: noun es·tu·ary \ˈes-chə-ˌwer-ē, ˈesh-\ A place where a freshwater river or stream flows into the ocean, mixing with the seawater.
An estuary is a partially enclosed body of water along the coast where freshwater from rivers and streams meets and mixes with salt water from the ocean. Estuaries and the lands surrounding them are places of transition from land to sea and freshwater to salt water.
Jamie Leonhart’s Estuary: an artist/mother story, is a musical exploration of the challenges and unanticipated realities of being an artist and a new parent. The nascence of this piece began soon after the birth of Leonhart’s son, with the realization that the lens through which she had previously seen her life as an artist had changed. Leonhart navigates the changes in her artistic work, her relationship with her husband, and this new insane world of everything “baby” with equal parts humor and heartache.
Leonhart is unflinching in her candor when she sings about the conflict, the loneliness, and the anger that accompany the mother/artist collision.
Estuary: an artist/mother story features original music with collaborator Michael Leonhart performed by a stellar all-female band, and is directed by Joanna Settle.