[caption id="attachment_18227" align="alignleft" width="200"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/04\/AllisonMiller3.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-18227" alt="Allison Miller" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2016\/04\/AllisonMiller3-200x300.jpg" width="200" height="300" \/><\/a> Allison Miller[\/caption]\r\n\r\nOn Friday, Apr. 29, Carnegie Hall presents in concert drummer\/composer Allison Miller in a special night of original music showcasing her band, Boom Tic Boom. With the recent release of her latest full-length studio album, \u201cOtis Was a Polar Bear,\u201d Miller launches her new tour with violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornet player Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, upright bassist Todd Sickafoose, and pianist Myra Melfords. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Concert goers may enjoy food and beverage before the show in the Mainstage Lounge. The Lounge, hosted by Greenbrier Technologies & Electric, will be open from 6:45-7:25 p.m. and will reopen at intermission. Tickets for the Lounge may be purchased for $5 in advance, or at the door.\r\nThe most poignant music is often inspired by watershed events in an artist\u2019s life, and few occasions are more transformative than the arrival of one\u2019s first child. For Miller that life-affirming experience provided the seed that led to the creation of her new album. The birth of Miller\u2019s (and partner Rachel\u2019s) daughter Josie found the NYC-based drummer reordering her priorities and the very way in which she approached her art. As Miller settled into the parenting groove, and resumed playing and composing, she quickly realized that her art was naturally evolving to reflect the path her life had taken. Josie is the muse for her latest works, and Miller\u2019s compositions chart an inspirited soundtrack to the beginnings of a new life chapter.\r\n\u201cI have so much patience now,\u201d Miller says. \u201cThere\u2019s something very humbling about being a parent. I feel joyful and grateful and I\u2019m writing and playing with this fresh perspective, this new world of creativity has just been hatched. It\u2019s like I\u2019m doing it all for the first time.\u201d That joy and revived enthusiasm is truly evident on \u201cOtis Was a Polar Bear,\u201d the title of which owes itself to an imagined dream of Miller\u2019s dog, a tiny, 12-pound Havanese. \u201cThe last record was about such intense hardship and pain. This record is the other side of all that - it\u2019s the beauty that comes after a storm.\u201d\r\nEvery track on the new album tells a compelling story. The opener \u201cFuster\u201d was influenced by the Cuban artist Jos\u00e9 Fuster. It started as a silly made-up melody sung to Josie in the first weeks of her life, but coalesced into a full-fledged piece after a few months of not being able to shake it from the drummer\u2019s head. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, \u201cStaten Island\u201d was inspired by the senseless and tragic killing of Eric Garner by the hands of the Staten Island police. \u201cI sat down at the piano feeling hopeless and filled with rage. This is what came out,\u201d Miller says. \u201cThere are a lot of quick changes and energetic shifts, and the song never resolves.\u201d\r\nAmong the other highlights, \u201cShimmer\u201d was penned in the Philippines, as was \u201cPig In a Sidecar\u201d - a song whose melody never repeats and builds to a crescendo. \u201cThe Listener\u201d was written for a music-obsessed friend of Miller\u2019s who died suddenly, while \u201cHoarding the Pod\u201d came about while Miller - in what she describes as an over-caffeinated state - was recording with Natalie Merchant. The album\u2019s closer \u201cLullaby For Cookie\u201d is a lullaby written before her daughter was born (she was nicknamed Cookie while still in the womb).\r\nThis engagement of Boom Tic Boom is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.