FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2016, DC Jazz Loft Series (D. C. Jazz Festival, Washington)
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016 @ 8 PM, Painted Bride (Philadelphia)
“…two big cultural streams flowing simultaneously …cultural multiplicity in sound taken to a reasonable extreme, where a song can still be allowed to sound logical and beautiful…ancient and experimental at the same time, and capacious enough to include more and more.” Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
The DC Jazz Loft Series and the Painted Bride Arts Center present the long awaited debut of Michele Rosewoman’s CMA-commissioned work, “Oru De Oro.” A rhythmic suite featuring master Cuban folklorist Roman Diaz, this extended composition is focused around a sacred sequence of rhythms played on the traditional bata drums, known as the Oru Igbodu (or Oru Seco).
In the past, Rosewoman built New Yor-Uba around master folklorist Orlando Puntilla’ Rios, who inspired the birth of the ensemble and was a featured member from 1983 until his passing in 2008. New Yor-Uba will forever perform in his honor.
On the most recent project, Rosewoman “built from earth up and from sky out” – on the foundation of the form, contours, and mastery of Roman Diaz, a featured member of the New Yor-Uba ensemble since 2008. “As I deepen my approach, knowledge, and relationship to this profound tradition that I am bound to, in this way, I give thanks and praise to and for Mr. Diaz – mi associo, mi abure.”
In this fully orchestrated Oru Seco, 23 Orishas/Deities are endowed with Rosewoman’s distinctive musical content, while displaying and integrating the mastery of New Yor-Uba’s featured improvisers and master drummers – a truly uncompromising synthesis of profound musical idioms.
“I am drawn to conversational and energy-inspired musical explorations: where the sophisticated and the spiritual intersect, where groove and abstract strike a balance, and where we can explore the inherent freedoms and intricacies of time and space, says Rosewoman, “Home is everywhere there’s air – its’ the whole – just breathe out there. Adventure….adventure….adventure.”
Featuring: Alex Norris – trumpet, Roman Filiu – alto/soprano sax, Stacy Dillard – tenor sax, Chris Washburne – trombone/tuba , Yunior Terry – bass, Robby Ameen – drums, Amma Mcken – Vocals, Roman Diaz, Mauricio Herrera, Rafael Monteagudo – bata,/congas/vocals Michele Rosewoman – piano/vocals.
About Michele Rosewoman
One of the most distinctively individualistic artists in both jazz and Latin music, Michele Rosewoman’s three main influences remain her mentor – the late great Ed Kelly, an Oakland- based jazz, blues and gospel pianist/organist – the permeating Oakland sounds of funk and R&B, and her early studies in Cuban folkloric percussion traditions. Cutting her teeth in the San Francisco Bay area scene, playing with such artists as Julian Priester, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and others, Rosewoman moved to New York City in 1978. Support from the NEA facilitated the 1983 premiere of the pioneering 14–piece New Yor-Uba ensemble, featuring her mentor and associate Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios at the Public Theatre in New York City. Her recording debut in 1984 was as the pianist and musical director of a popular Cuban Songo combo, Los Kimy. That year she was also commissioned by ASCAP/Meet the Composer to compose an orchestral work that was debuted by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with an improvisational ensemble. As a bandleader, her contemporary jazz recordings for trio, quartet, and larger ensemble have been released on the Blue Note and Enja labels, including four with her acclaimed group Quintessence. She also recorded with Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Billy Bang and Ralph Peterson, among others. She has toured internationally and performed at major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A dedicated educator, Rosewoman continues to conduct workshops at colleges and universities throughout the US and has served as a faculty member and resident artist at New York University and Berklee College of Music. For the past 18 years, Rosewoman teaches in jazz programs at The New School for Social Research and Jazz House Kids in Montclair, New Jersey.
DC Jazz Fest: http://dcjazzfest.org/capitalbop-dc-jazz-loft-series
Painted Bride Art Center: https://paintedbride.org/events/michele-rosewoman-new-yor-uba/
Michele Rosewoman: http://www.michelerosewoman.com
Photo: Tom Ehrlich