Portraits of America: A Jazz Story
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis closes the season with a new collaboration bridging visual art and jazz composition. In partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, JLCO members have spent the past year exploring centuries' worth of American art, ranging from masterworks to lesser-known gems in the Museum's collection. Each musician was asked to select a single work of art as inspiration for a new original composition.
This new collection of music will be performed by the JLCO for the first time tonight. Every song will be accompanied by a visual display of the artwork that inspired it, transforming Rose Theater into a one-of-a-kind art gallery. Thanks to a close collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center's light technicians and the Crystal Bridges team, each work of art will be presented in a way that highlights key details connecting it to the live music.
This special event expands the JLCO's Jazz and Art songbook for the first time in a decade. Past iterations brought us longstanding JLCO favorites like Ted Nash's Portrait in Seven Shades and Sherman Irby's Twilight Sounds, and the band's composers are eager to revisit this rich source of inspiration. The music and visuals will both stand on their own merits, as our previous commissions have proved, but when combined, they are uniquely powerful.
Venue: Jazz at Lincoln Center
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