The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Presents
Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in
Música Nueva 7 - Cuba: The Conversation Continued
Pre-performance discussion on Friday, May 1 at 7 pm.
Multiple GRAMMY Award winners Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) close out their Symphony Space season on May 1 & 2, 2015 with a live presentation of the works featured on their latest album Cuba: The Conversation Continued, recorded in December, 2014 at the Adala Studios in Havana, during the historic announcement of change in the status of US and Cuban relations. Cuba: The Conversation Continued features O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra teaming up with today's premier Cuba-based composers and notable American artists as they collectively pick up the legacy of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo's groundbreaking work in the '40s.
"Gillespie and Pozo are kindred spirits in the Afro-Cuban jazz world that were very much cut from the same cloth," says O'Farrill. "If it weren't for the rupture of relations between the United States and Cuba, so many pioneers would have had decades of new collective music to share. Our trip to Cuba picked up where luminaries such as Gillespie and Pozo left off."
Alongside O'Farrill and ALJO in the studio were saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and Cuban musicians Bobby Carcasses, Yasek Manzano, Alexis Bosch, Cotó and Michel Herrera; each Cuban artist contributed an original composition to the album. American composers Michele Rosewoman and Zack O'Farrill, along with the great Cuban-American drummer, Dafnis Prieto, also scored pieces for the new album.
Música Nueva 7 represents the Alliance's continued commitment to new music that expands the boundaries of Big Band Afro Latin Jazz. The program will also include the recently commissioned piece by the Apollo Theater, the "Afro Latin Jazz Suite," penned by O'Farrill. Música Nueva 7- Cuba: The Conversation Continued will include appearances by virtuoso Rudresh Mahanthappa, NYC-based composer Michele Rosewoman and three composers from Cuba will perform, including Yasek Manzano,"Cotó" (Juan de la Cruz Antomarchi) , and Alexis Bosch.