The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) will explore the rich global influences in jazz in two concerts on Friday April 24 at the North Shore Center for the Arts in Skokie, and on Sunday April 26 at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.
“Four Corners of the World” will feature the CJP Chamber Ensemble performing with internationally acclaimed artists Trio Globo. The evening will include repertoire from both groups as well as new works created especially for this event. A highlight of the evening will be the premiere of an adaptation of The New World Symphony by Antonin Dvořák, the Czech composer who was an admirer of African-American and Native American music.
With roots in jazz, classical and sacred music, and rhythmic influences derived from travels in six continents, Trio Globo has crafted a totally original voice in contemporary acoustic jazz. Grammy award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen, harmonica virtuoso and pianist Howard Levy (a double Grammy winner formerly of The Flecktones who makes his home in Evanston), and world-renowned percussionist Glen Velez (Percussive Arts Society the Hall of Fame) are internationally acclaimed artists and true originals re-inventing their instruments in new music both personal and global. Together, they epitomize the quintessential group for the 21st century.
“I am thrilled to be working with the talented members of Trio Globo on this project,” said Chicago Jazz Philharmonic artistic director Orbert Davis. “They embody the aesthetics of the Third Stream musical concept – blending the best of classical and jazz traditions with the rhythmic and melodic elements from music around the world.”
The April concerts are a continuation of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s tenth anniversary season, which began in September 2014 and culminates in May 2015. As with all the events throughout the season, “Four Corners of the World” highlights the depth and breadth of repertoire of the ensemble and also celebrates the unique blend of classical and jazz music known as “Third Stream” that is a signature component of the CJP aesthetic.
For more information or tickets to “Four Corners of the World: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble Featuring Trio Globo,” visit www.northshorecenter.org.
Members of the acclaimed global jazz ensemble, Trio Globo (photo courtesy of The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts