Revered jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis teams up with the innovative Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for “Rythmé de Vie,” a program that meets at the intersection of jazz and classical.
Orpheus and saxophonist Branford Marsalis have spent decades fine-tuning a connection that transcends stylistic labels. In this program, they revisit Ibert’s Concertino da Camera from their landmark 2001 album together, Creation, and bask in a close-knit arrangement of Debussy’s sultry Rhapsody. Veteran Orpheus arrangers Javier Diaz and Jannina Norpoth make the ensemble shine in foreign escapades from two geniuses of genre-hopping: George Gershwin and Cuba’s Ernesto Lecuona. Antonio Garcia, a jazz composer and trombonist steeped in the same New Orleans currents that nourished the Marsalis family, stirs the American melting pot in a new work for Orpheus.