07 August 2018

Upon her head she wore a crown of bones

This fall marks the premiere of a project I’m incredibly excited to be involved with: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s original song cycle Ogresse, about a dark-skinned beast who lives in the woods and has an insatiable taste for human flesh.

I have arranged and orchestrated Cécile’s songs for a 13-piece chamber ensemble, which I have decided I am calling L’Orchestre L’Ogresse.

You can read what Cécile has to say about this ambitious and provocative work here. Collaborating with Cécile has been tremendously inspiring and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

The premiere takes place on September 28 at The Met Museum, with additional performances on November 16 at NJPAC, November 17 at The Kennedy Center, and November 18 at McCarter Theatre.

L’Orchestre L’Ogresse
Alexa Tarantino winds
Tom Christensen winds
Kirk Knuffke cornet
Josh Roseman trombone & tuba

MIVOS Quartet:
Olivia De Prato violin
Lauren Cauley Kalal violin
Victor Lowrie Tafoya viola
John Popham cello

Warren Wolf vibraphone & marimba
Brandon Seabrook guitar & banjo
Helen Sung piano, organ & melodica
David Wong bass
Samuel Torres percussion

Cécile McLorin Salvant voice