A marriage of more than one kind will be on display when The In-Between takes the stage at the City Gallery on Monday for its Piccolo Spoleto Festival concert.

Charleston musicians Robert Lewis, a saxophone player and music arranger who runs the jazz program at the College of Charleston; and Jill Terhaar Lewis, a singer and teacher of voice and music history at Charleston Southern University, are a married couple who wanted to find a way to fuse their musical experiences and sensibilities. The couple began collaborating with jazz pianist Gerald Gregory to create a sound all their own.

“We just wanted to find a way to make music together,” said Robert Lewis. “It’s a perfect melding of classical and jazz, but it’s also quite accessible. We’ve been doing it for years and are finding what works for us.”

While the group is no stranger to the Piccolo stage, this year they are adding an additional element, the original works of Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. The set will draw from Amaker’s “tiny” poem collection focusing on life in Charleston.

“These poems are about holding up a mirror to the community,” said Amaker. “I was so honored they would even consider a collaboration. It’s been a blessing to learn a different way of preparing for shows and to allow Jill to interpret the lyrics to fit her style.”

The performance will feature a mix of Amaker reciting his works and Jill singing the words to originally composed music.

“This is really a continuation of my work,” said Amaker. “Music is really first for me. Poetry comes second. Poetry and jazz go well together and this is a nice marriage of free verse and free jazz.”

Incorporating Amaker’s work into the sound of The In-Between came naturally.

“For me, it’s about having a sense of connection to the poetry,” said Robert Lewis. “For this concert, we have these tiny poems about Charleston. It created its own musical structure.”

Including spoken word into the group’s set is part of The In-Between’s continued exploration of new musical terrain. The group is preparing to release two albums, “Deep In The Night” and “My Soul In Stillness Waits,” in the near future. Both projects will feature a mix of hymns and spirituals.

“It’s beautiful music,” said Robert Lewis. “Necessity is the mother of all invention, we wanted to find new ways to play together but also expand the artistry.”

The collaboration between the Lewises and Amaker is an indication of how the city’s diverse talents coexist and blend their sensibilities.

“The project came together very naturally, and I think that will resonate with the audience, too,” Robert Lewis said.

Christian Medina Beltz is a Goldring Arts Journalist at Syracuse University.

A marriage of more than one kind will be on display when The In-Between takes the stage on Monday for its Piccolo Spoleto Festival show.

The marriage of Charleston musicians Robert Lewis and Jill Terhaar Lewis will be, as well. The couple wanted to find a way to fuse Robert’s experience as a jazz saxophonist and Jill’s training as a classical soprano vocalist. The couple began collaborating with pianist Gerald Gregory to create a sound all their own.

“We just wanted to find a way to make music together,” said Robert. “It’s a perfect melding of classical and jazz, but it’s also quite accessible. We’ve been doing it for years and are finding what works for us.”

While Robert is classically trained, he serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston. Jill is an associate professor at Charleston Southern University who teaches voice and music history.

While the group is no stranger to the Piccolo stage, this year they are adding an additional element, the original works of Charleston Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker. The set will draw from Amaker’s “tiny” poem collection focusing on life in Charleston.

“These poems are about holding up a mirror to the community,” said Amaker. “I was so honored they would even consider a collaboration. It’s been a blessing to learn a different way of preparing for shows and to allow Jill to interpret the lyrics to fit her style.”

The performance will feature a mix of Amaker reciting his works and Jill singing the lyrics behind originally composed music.

“This is really a continuation of my work,” said Amaker. “Music is really first for me. Poetry comes second. Poetry and jazz go well together and this is a nice marriage of free verse and free jazz.”

Incorporating Amaker’s work into the sound of The In-Between came naturally.

“For me, it’s about having a sense of connection to the poetry,” said Robert. “For this concert, we have these tiny poems about Charleston. It created its own musical structure.”

Including spoken word into the group’s set marks The In-Between’s continued exploration of new musical terrain. The group is preparing to release two albums, “Deep In The Night” and “My Soul In Stillness Waits,” in the near future. Both projects will feature a mix of hymns and spirituals.

“It’s beautiful music,” said Robert. “Necessity is the mother of all invention, we wanted to find new ways to play together but also expand the artistry.”

The collaboration between the Lewis’s and Amaker showcases how the city’s diverse talents coexist and blend their sensibilities.

“We’re really excited to showcase our work with Marcus,” said Robert. “The project came together very naturally and I think that will resonate with the audience too.”

Christian Beltz is a Goldring Arts Journalist at Syracuse University.