5 - 9 p.m. February 14, 2014


Happy Valentine’s Day! Stop by NOMA and take our guided “Amour Tour”—a Valentine’s Day-inspired tour of the galleries, and enjoy the sounds of the Erin Demastes Jazz Trio.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot: free art activities
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Erin Demastes Jazz Trio
  • 6 p.m.: Amour Tour: A Valentine’s Day tour
  • 7:30 p.m.: Film: Rebel: Loreta Velazquez: Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

About the Erin Demastes Jazz Trio

Erin Demastes grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a child she studied classical piano. When she entered Baton Rouge Magnet High school, she began studying jazz with Emmy-winning composer and pianist Mike Esneault. Later, she studied both classical and jazz piano with Dr. Willis Delony, music professor at Louisiana State University.

Erin recently graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and a concentration in piano performance. There she studied under Larry Sieberth, Dr. John Murphy, members of the Thelonious Monk Institute, and guests such as Danilo Perez and Aaron Goldberg. She was able to attend and participate in clinics by artists such as Terence Blanchard, John Ellis, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Eric Harland, Barry Harris, Jason Moran and more. Erin currently plays in the New Orleans area with various groups, jazz and other genres, including her self-titled trio and quartet. Erin has experience with writing and arranging for both small and large ensembles and leads “Planet Earth,” a group that plays both her and her bandmates’ original compositions.

Erin teaches private piano lessons and theory classes at the Loyola Preparatory Program and St. George Episcopal School. Additionally, she is employed as the accompanist and choir director at the Chinese Presbyterian Church in Kenner, Louisiana and is an accompanist for the Loyola University ballet studio.

About Rebel: Loreta Velazquez: Secret Soldier of the American Civil War (approx. 51 min)

In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenage boy from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford harbored a secret — he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant woman. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. And in 1876 she scandalized America when she revealed her story in her memoir, “The Woman In Battle.” Attacked not only for her criticism of war, but also for her sexuality and social rule-breaking, Velazquez was dismissed as a hoax for 150 years. But recent evidence confirms she existed and brings truth to her story as just one of 1,000 women soldiers who served in the American Civil War.

This event is related to the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War.