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’OgresseAlexa Tarantino windsTom Christensen windsKirk Knuffke cornetJosh Roseman trombone & tuba
MIVOS Quartet:Olivia De Prato violinLauren Cauley Kalal violinVictor Lowrie Tafoya violaJohn Popham cello
Warren Wolf vibraphone & marimbaBrandon Seabrook guitar & banjoHelen Sung piano, organ & melodicaDavid Wong bassSamuel Torres percussion
Cécile McLorin Salvant voice