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New Release -- November 1, 2019

All compositions and arrangements
by Michele Rosewoman, Contrast High Music ASCAP.

Oru de Oro A rhythmic suite featuring master folklorist Román Díaz (Tracks 1-10)
1: We Need You Now (Elegguá, Oggún, Ochosi)
2: Mountain Sky, Healthy High (Obaloke, Inle, Babalú-Ayé)
3: Forest of Secrets (Ossaín)
4: Color Crown (Osun, Dada, Oggue)
5: Hallowed (Obatalá)
6: Puntilla's Gift (Aganyú)
7: Two Bodies, One Heavenly Soul (Orúnmila, Orisha Oko, Ibedji)
8: The Heart of It (Changó)
9: Flowers That Bloom In the Dark (Oyá, Yewa, Ochún, Oba)
10: There is Here, Then is Now (Yemayá, Odudua)

11: The Wind is the First to Know (for Oyá)
12: Alabanza (Praise)


Track 11: traditional songs, public domain.

Alex Norris--trumpet, flugel horn
Román Filiú--alto & soprano saxophones, flute
Stacy Dillard--tenor saxophone
Chris Washburne--trombone, bass trombone, tuba
Andrew Gutauskas--baritone saxophone
Michele Rosewoman--piano, fender rhodes, vocals
Gregg August--bass
Robby Ameen--drums
Román Diaz--batá, congas, vocals
Mauricio Herrera--batá, congas, vocals
Rafael Monteagudo--batá, congas
Nina Rodríguez--lead vocals

  • We Need You Now
  • Mountain Sky, Healthy High
  • Forest of Secrets
  • Color Crown
  • Hallowed
  • Puntilla's Gift
  • Two Bodies, One Heavenly Soul
  • The Heart of It
  • Flowers That Bloom In the Dark
  • There is Here, Then is Now

  • The Wind is the First to Know
  • Alabanza
  •  

    News

    Hallowed

    Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba is set to release their latest recording on November 1st, 2019.


    Following their 2013 double disc release which garnered the #1 NPR Latin Jazz Recording of the year award, "Hallowed" was recorded at Systems Two Studios in 2017-18 and presents another truly exciting chapter in the 35 -year evolution of this highly acclaimed ensemble. New Yor-Uba takes its next leap as it continues to pay homage to the dynamic musical journey of ancient Yoruba culture from Nigeria, through Cuba to present day New York while reflecting its contemporary manifestations.

    To conceive a thoroughly uncompromised synthesis of spiritually based Cuban Folkloric music and contemporary jazz concept, Ms. Rosewoman has spent a lifetime immersed in the essence of these two profound musical traditions. In recent years, she delved more deeply into a distinct liturgical set of rhythms, which further augmented her already extensive knowledge and prepared her on multiple levels to manifest a new and challenging composition.

    "Oru de Oro" roughly translates as "room of gold" or "sacred room" and is a body of music that Ms. Rosewoman built around a sacred and fixed sequence of rhythms with myseterious and baffling transitions, known as the 'oru seco' or 'oru igbodu'. An oral tradition of endless depth, the oru is played in sacred chambers with traditional bata drums. "Built from earth up and from sky out on the foundation of the form, contours and mastery of folkorist/percussionist Roman Diaz", compositionally, the work is anchored in the rhythmic patterns associated with various Orishas/deities that fall in a very specific order. Rosewoman endows them with her unique musical content, while fully integrating featured soloists and master drummers.

    "Oru de Oro is an extended work commissioned by Chamber Music America and is presented on the new release as multiple tracks (10) that can be heard as one uninterrupted rhythmic suite. It is considered adventurous and extremely pioneering by master tamboleros, who state that "nothing like this has ever been done before...." and it has been well-received by audiences at an array of venues including the D.C. Jazz Festival, Dizzys at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the 2018 Chamber Music America Conference.

    Other repertoire includes "Alabanza, meaning 'Praise' --for which Ms. Rosewoman received a Latin Grammy as pianist and composer as represented on Arturo O'Farrill's ALJO recording, Cuba, The Conversation Continues--and a unique arrangement of a sequence of traditional rezos (prayers) and cantos (songs) featuring Rosewoman on fender rhodes, Roman Diaz's poetic vocal insights, Nina Rodriguez on lead folkloric vocals--a voice of true beauty and traditional bata in all their glory.

    Alex Norris--trumpet, flugel horn
    Roman Fili--alto/soprano saxophones, flute
    Stacy Dillard--tenor saxophone
    Chris Washburne--trombone, bass trombone, tuba
    Andrew Gatauskus--baritone saxophone
    Michele Rosewoman--piano, fender rhodes, vocals
    Gregg August--bass
    Robby Ameen--drums
    Roman Diaz--bat, congas, vocals
    Mauricio Herrera--bat, congas, vocals
    Rafael Monteagudoe--bat, congas
    Nina Rodrguez--lead vocals


    2019
    COMING UP

    November 2 and 8

    Zinc New Yor-Uba CD Release Events

    December 21st
    New Yor-Uba at the Philadelphia Clef Club

    2016
    Having received a 2016/17 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Commission, I am joyously working on a new piece that will be presented at the Vision Festival, the D.C. Jazz Festival and The Painted Birde in 2016. More dates to come.

    This new work is the natural extension of my deepening studies of Cuban folkloric traditions and will be built around the Oru Seco, which is an important part of spiritual ceremonies. The bata drums will be the center, around which all written elements come and go.

    Sunday November 15, 2015
    New Yor-Uba at the Pangea Jazz Festival
    New York Festival of World Jazz

    New Yor-Uba Performs At One-Day Marathon World Jazz Festival
    10pm at DROM, East Village NYC

    Personnel:
    Alex Norris, trumpet
    Roman Filiu, alto/soprano saxophones
    Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone
    Chris Washburne, trombone/tuba
    Michele Rosewoman, piano/vocals
    Yunior Terry, bass
    Robby Ameen, drums
    Abraham Rodriguez, bata/vocals
    Gene Golden, bata
    Xavier Rivera, bata
    Nina Rodriguez, lead vocals

    NEWS ALERT July 13, 2015
    New Yor-Uba receives a Chamber Music America New Works Commission


    Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles

    --and I am excited to share that my New Yor-Uba ensemble is one of them!

    NEW JAZZ WORKS
    Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    A total of $277,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program, which supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.


    New Yor-Uba at the Kennedy Center May 15 2015
    Celebrating the 20th Year of the Mary Lou Willaims Jazz Festival



    News Alert! December 18. 2013
    NPR Jazz Critics Poll chooses "Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, 30 Years. A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America" as #1 Latin Jazz Album of 2013. Also voted #25 in Top 50 Best Releases of the Year category.



    Greetings to All,
    Can hardly keep up with the news for this ensemble. STILL!
    Press keeps rolling in and all reviews have been movingly positive.

    The latest and greatest news is that I have been nominated in 5 categories in the JazzTimes Readers Poll, for Best Artist of the Year, Best New Release, Best Big-Band/Large Ensemble, Best Composer and Best Arranger. This is an honor for sure!

    Vote if you want to, December 2nd is the last day.
    http://madavor.polldaddy.com/s/jazztimes-readers-poll-2013

    COMING SOON
    --4 & 1/2 star review in January issue of Downbeat.
    --NPR Fresh Air feature
    --Feature article in January issue of Jazz Times.

    Here are some links to just a few of the recentt reviews and feature stories:

    NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW of Dizzy's Lincoln Center performancee

    WALL STREET JOURNALCD REVIEW

    JAZZIZ FEATURE ARTICLE

    THE INDEPENDENT EAR Interview with Willard Jenkinse

    All-star cast features Pedrito Martinez, Abraham Rodriguez, Roman Diaz, Oliver Lake, Freddie Hendrix, Mike Lee, Vincent Gardner, Howard Johnson, Yunior Terry, Adam Cruz, Daniel Carbonell & Nina Rodriguez.

    Debut album release shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center September 30-October 1 and at the Lake George Jazz Festival on September 14, 2013.

    "Dazzling tracks...startling for its balance of unfettered improvisation and undiluted Cuban folklore within a complex and often grand structure."- Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal

    On her landmark new album New Yor-Uba: 30 Years - A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America, pianist/composer/vocalist Michele Rosewoman pushes the envelope at the outer limits of jazz improvisation while keeping firmly rooted in both jazz and centuries-old Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition. Widely credited as being one of the first composers to synthesize sacred Cuban folkloric music with a thoroughly contemporary jazz concept, Rosewoman's magnum opus, double-cd set - the debut album released on her own Advance Dance Disques label - is the realization of a distinctive creative vision thirty years in the making. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign and the generous support of her backers and co-producers; Neyda Martinez and Onel Mulet of Habana Harlem, Rosewoman's dream has reached fruition.

    A disciple of legendary Cuban percussionist Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, her career as a cross-pollinating innovator seamlessly bridges both the jazz and latin genres. As a composer, she's achieved recognition from Chamber Music America and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a performer, over the course of more than four decades, she's collaborated and recorded with greats from both fields: Jimmy Heath and Tootie Heath, Celia Cruz, Steve Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Paquito D'Rivera, John Stubblefield, Rufus Reid, Billy Bang, Chocolate, Greg Osby, Miguel Zenon, Freddie Waits, Billy Hart, Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake, James Spaulding, Gary Bartz, Howard Johnson and Carlos Ward, among others. Rosewoman and her New Yor-Uba ensemble celebrate the release of the album at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with performances at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on September 30-October 1 and at the Lake George Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

    A pianist since the tender age of six, Rosewoman first became directly involved in African folkways in her teens via Cuban music when she began playing congas and percussion. While pursuing a career in jazz, these early explorations profoundly impacted Rosewoman's musical direction as she continued to explore and practice the ancient African-based drum and vocal traditions that she would eventually come to synthesize in her music.

    "One constantly expands tradition and the other strives to maintain an ancient tradition," Rosewoman explains. "They seemed to be opposite in some ways, and yet they always felt profoundly related. I saw parallels between the subtle and sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic aspects of jazz and the highly evolved rhythmic and vocal language of both rumba and bata traditions-the obscuring of the obvious, the ability to play time on a sophisticated level where the 'one' is not stated but implied by everything around it. As a composer and as a pianist, my approach is profoundly shaped by the rhythmic perspective of the bata drums and is evident in the way that I write and play. This enables me to integrate the forms without forcing any element to fit, and to retain the essence of each idiom."

    Along with Rosewoman on piano, Rhodes and vocals, the album features a mighty three-piece bata (Yoruban talking drum) and conga section of Pedrito Martinez (who also contributes lead vocals), Abraham Rodriguez and Roman Diaz. The group also includes the all-star cast of Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and flugelhorn, Oliver Lake on soprano and alto saxophones and flute, Mike Lee on tenor saxophone and flute, Vincent Gardner on trombone, Howard Johnson on baritone saxophone and tuba, Yunior Terry on acoustic bass and Adam Cruz on drums, with additional contributions from percussionist Daniel Carbonell and singer Nina Rodriguez. Together they celebrate the Afro-Cuban orishas (the traditional Yoruban deities) throughout an eclectic, joyously kinetic mix of compositions united with and grounded in ancient African rhythms originating in Nigeria and Dahomey.

    The first disc opens with Divine Passage, dedicated to the deity Eleggua: an energetically elegant, cinematic horn arrangement leads into duet improvisations and winds up to an animated outro afloat on a bed of hypnotic percussion. They follow with the celebratory track Dance for Agayu, where the rhythmic nature of the sequence of traditional (arara) melodies are so joyful it makes it hard to sit still. Natural Light (Obatala), piano and vocals setting the stage for a funk groove that reminds that funk is also an ancient African rhythm, in this case a springboard for animatedly expansive lead vocals by Pedrito Martinez and trumpet and piano solos. Por Ahora y Para Siempre, a shapeshifting composition with echoes of Monk and features a Lake solo that coalesces into warm lyricism and a suspense fully booming, extended bata interlude.

    After the deep funk of Vamp for Ochun, a vocal feature for Martinez, there's the spaciously misterioso epic Old Calabar, setting Diaz' theatrical vocals against Rosewoman's coloristic Rhodes piano. The first disc concludes with Rezo a Ochun (Prayer for Ochun), Rosewoman's improvisation nimbly negotiating a thicket of trance-inducing vocal countermelodies as sung by Rosewoman and Rodriguez.

    The second disc begins with In Praise of Spiritual Guides (for Eggun), firmly anchoring bright and balmy solos by Rosewoman, Hendrix and Lee in a warm, traditional folkloric groove. Pedro Flores' slinky rumba, Perdon, gets a new Rosewoman arrangement inspired by the Cuban ensemble Yoruba Andabo, setting up a dynamic vocal duet between Martinez and Rodriguez. The lyrical beauty of Obalube (Chango) is pushed to new heights with solos by Rosewoman and Lake.

    The album's most epic track, Where Water Meets Sky (Yemaya) further explores the African origins of funk with a fabric of intricate horn parts woven into and emphasizing the groove building to a mighty crescendo propelled by the bata drums and Rosewoman's Rhodes. Agua Dulce Del Bosque (Ochun), a vivid tropical pastorale, works its way to a sultry slow groove spiced by solos by Lake on alto and Johnson on tuba. Warrior(Ochosi) is a purposeful, forceful horn-driven funk groove that winds up with a colorful vocal feature. The album ends up on with a rousing, soaring choir of voices on Earth Secrets (Babaluaye) a sequence of Afro-Cuban songs from the Orlando "Puntilla" Rios repertoire. Rosewoman's vision and arrangement here sheds light on the African roots of gospel, with a dynamic tuba feature by Johnson. Almost thirty years after the initial incarnation of this ensemble was conducted live by the late, great Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, this album is the long-awaited summation of a unique creative vision began in Rosewoman's early years, uniting the best of two worlds: ancient African forms of song and rhythm that made their way to the US via Cuba, and Rosewoman's highly individualistic, evocatively expressive compositions and pianistic approach.

    About Michele Rosewoman
    One of the most distinctively individualistic artists in both jazz and latin music, Michele Rosewoman's three main influences remain her mentor - the late great Ed Kelly, an Oakland- based jazz, blues and gospel pianist/organist - the permeating Oakland sounds of funk and R&B, and her early studies in Cuban folkloric percussion traditions. Cutting her teeth in the San Francisco Bay area scene, playing with such artists as Julian Priester, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and others, Rosewoman moved to New York City in 1978. Support from the NEA facilitated the 1983 premiere of the pioneering 14--piece New Yor-Uba ensemble, featuring her mentor and associate Orlando 'Puntilla' Rios at the Public Theatre in New York City. Her recording debut in 1984 was as pianist and musical director of a popular Cuban Songo combo, Los Kimy. That year she was also commissioned by ASCAP/Meet the Composer to compose an orchestral work that was debuted by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with improvisational ensemble. As a bandleader, her contemporary jazz recordings for trio, quartet and larger ensemble have been released on the Blue Note and Enja labels, including four with her acclaimed group Quintessence. She has also recorded with Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Billy Bang and Ralph Peterson, among others. She has toured internationally, and performed at major jazz festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. A dedicated educator, Rosewoman continues to conduct workshops at colleges and universities throughout the US and has served as a faculty member and resident artist at New York University and Berklee College of Music. For the past 18 years Rosewoman has been teaching in jazz programs at The New School for Social Research and at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, New Jersey.

    Events

    2019
    COMING UP

    November 2 and 8

    Zinc New Yor-Uba CD Release Events
    For More Info

    December 21st
    New Yor-Uba at the Philadelphia Clef Club
    For More Info
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    2018
    January 7 2018
    Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba To Perform Latest Commssioned Work at Culmination of Chamber Music America Conference

    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    Alex Norris Trumpet
    Roman Filiu Alto & soprano saxophones
    Maria Grand Tenor saxophone
    Chris Washburne Trombone & tuba
    Michele Rosewoman Piano
    Gregg August Acoustic bass
    Robby Ameen Drums
    Roman Diaz Bata drums
    Mauricio Herrera Bata drums
    Rafael Monteagudo Bata drums

    For More Information

    2017
    March 17/18/19
    Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba
    Dizzy's Lincoln center

    February 16
    Yale University
    Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba

    2016
    Tuesday November 15, 2016 7:00 pm
    National Jazz Museum in Harlem 58 West 129th Street Harlem

    Larry Blumenfeld interviews Ms. Rosewoman as a part of the Jazz Museum of Harlem series, Afro-Cuban Beat:

    New Yor-Uba, Then and Now with Michele Rosewoman
    Afro-Cuban Beat


    More than 30 years ago, pianist and composer Michele Rosewoman's parallel pathsjazz and Afro-Cuban folkloremerged into a compelling whole in New York through her New Yor-Uba ensemble. Rosewoman will describe the awakening that led to that group, reflect on her studies with the late Orlando Puntilla Ros, and explain the cross-generational way in which she has rekindled that groups flame.


    $10.00 Suggested Donation

    For More Information


    RECENT PAST

    Saturday August 13th
    New Yor-Uba performs at the 7th Annual Montclair Jazz Festival.


    An off-shoot of the Jazz House Kids Program that has grown into a major festival, this day offers nine hours of world-class jazz in Nishuane Park (Montclair NJ) and a great line-up for what is always a beautiful day in the park, including performances by the Jazz House Kids big bands (truly something to behold / behear), Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Christian McBride and others.

    Click here for Montclair Jazz Festival information

    Alex Norris, trumpet
    Bruce Williams, alto and soprano saxophones
    Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone
    Chris Washburne, trombone / bass trombone / tuba
    Nina Rodriguez, lead vocals
    Michele Rosewoman, piano, vocals
    Yunior Terry, bass
    Robby Ameen, drums
    Roman Diaz, bata / congas/ vocals
    Mauricio Herrera, bata / congas/ vocals
    Rafael Monteagudo, bata / congas/ vocals
    ______________________________________________________
    2016 Past

    Thursday February 25th, 2016
    New Yor-Uba: Conversation and Listening Party
    "Jazz from an African Perspective"
    at The National Jazz Museum of Harlem
    For More Informatione

    COMING UP
    Debuting a Newly Commissioned CMA- work, 'Oru de Oro"

    June 10
    VISION FESTIVAL, NYC
    New Yor-Uba

    June 17
    D.C. JAZZ FESTIVAL/CAPITAL BOP
    New Yor-Uba

    June 18
    PAINTED BRIDE ART CENTER, PHILADELPHIA
    New Yor-Uba


    Michele Rosewoman piano, vocals
    Alex Norris trumpet
    Roman Filiu alto, soprano saxophones
    Stacy Dillard tenor saxophone
    Chris Washburne trombone, tuba
    Yunior Terry bass
    Robby Ameen drums
    Roman Diaz bata, congas, vocals
    Mauricio Herrera bata, congas, vocals
    Rafael Monteagudo bata, congas
    Amma McKen vocals
    ______________________________________

    Sunday November 15, 2015
    New Yor-Uba at the Pangea Jazz Festival
    New York Festival of World Jazz

    New Yor-Uba Performs At One-Day Marathon World Jazz Festival
    10pm at DROM, East Village NYC

    Personnel:
    Alex Norris, trumpet
    Roman Filiu, alto/soprano saxophones
    Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone
    Chris Washburne, trombone/tuba
    Michele Rosewoman, piano/vocals
    Yunior Terry, bass
    Robby Ameen, drums
    Abraham Rodriguez, bata/vocals
    Gene Golden, bata
    Xavier Rivera, bata
    Nina Rodriguez, lead vocals
    Click here for more info

    NEWS ALERT July 13, 2015
    New Yor-Uba receives a Chamber Music America New Works Commission


    Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles

    --and I am excited to share that my New Yor-Uba ensemble is one of them!

    NEW JAZZ WORKS
    Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    A total of $277,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program, which supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.



    2015
    New Yor-Uba dates for the spring include:
    March 21st The Egg, Albany NY

    March 27,28,29 Dizzy's Lincoln Center, NYC

    May 8 9 Joe's Pub, NYC

    May 15 The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival




    2014
    Dec 14-22 2014
    Trip to Cuba with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
    As one in a special array of American and Cuban guest composers and musicians invited to write for and/or perform with the ALJO, I will be accompanying the orchestra in mid-December on a trip to Cuba where we will perform (Havana Jazz Festival) and record new music. Guests include myself, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dafnis Prieto, Cot, Adel Gonzalez, Michel Herrera, Yassek Monzano Alexis Bosch and Bobby Carcasses. Am honored to be a part of this wonderful project and looking forward to hearing the manifestation of "Alabanza", espsecially written for this context and destined to be a part of the New Yor-Uba repertoire as well.

    Links to video clips from our Dizzy's Lincoln Center performances:

    "Where Water Meets Sky"

    "Guerreros"


    "Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, 30 Years.
    A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America"

    #1 LATIN JAZZ ALBUM OF 2013 on NPR JAZZ CRITICS POLL!
    #25 on NPR CRITICS POLL Top 50 Best Releases of the Year
    #14 on JAZZTIMES CRITICS POLL Best Releases of the Year

    Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba concert at Dizzy'sCoca Cola:
    NEW YORK TIMES Best Concerts of the Year


    DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE **** 1/2 STAR REVIEW in January 2014 Issue
    JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE feature in January 2014 Issue



    January 11, 2014
    NYC Winter Jazzfest10
    Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba will perform at the
    Bitter End at 6pm

    Alex Norris-. Trumpet
    Immanuel Wilkins - alto, sop saxophones
    Stacy Dillard -Tenor saxophone
    Vincent Gardner. Trombone
    Joe Exley-Tuba
    Michele Rosewoman - Piano
    Gregg August - Bass
    Tyshawbpn Sorey. - Drums
    Roman Diaz.- Bata, congas, vocals
    Nicky Laboy. - Bata, congas, vocals
    Gene Golden. Bata, congas
    Nina Rodriguez - vocals

    2013
    Vision Festival presents a "Latin Free Jazz " mini fest.
    Friday 11/22. 10:00pm
    Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba Small Ensemble
    Michele Rosewoman - piano, vocals
    Gregg August - bass
    Adam Cruz - drums
    Roman Diaz - bata, congas, vocals
    Abraham Rodriguez - bata, congas, vocals
    Nicky Laboy - bata, congas, vocals

    WHERE: Teatro LaTea Theater - Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
    107 Suffolk St - between Delancey & Rivington
    TICKETS: Available online and at the door
    $22 per night - $17 students & seniors - $40 for 2-day pass


    2-Hour Broadcast on WBAI FM 99.5 - Suga' In My Bowl
    Sunday, September 8 - 11:00 p.m. Eastern
    Details

    1-Hour Live Interview on Cool Jazz Conversations
    Monday, September 9 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern

    Live Phone-In Interview on WBTN AM 1370
    Monday, September 9 - 10:20 p.m. Eastern (Vermont)
    A 10 to 15 minute live phone interview with Ida Faiella

    CD Release Celebration: Lake George Jazz Festival, NY
    Saturday, September 14th 4pm

    Personnel as follows!
    Michele Rosewoman's "New Yor-Uba"
    Alex Norris (trumpet, flugel horn)
    Antonio Hart (soprano/alto saxophones)
    Billy Harper (tenor saxophone)
    Stafford Hunter (trombone)
    Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, tuba)
    Michele Rosewoman (piano, vocals)
    Yunior Terry (bass)
    Adam Cruz (drums)
    Abraham Rodriguez, Abi Holliday + Nicky Laboy (bata/congas/vocals)

    CD Release Celebration: Dizzy Club Coca Cola Lincoln Center, NYC.
    Monday, September 30 (WBGO live broadcast at 7:30) and Tuesday, October 1
    Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm both nights

    Personnel as follows:
    Michele Rosewoman's "New Yor-Uba"
    Freddie Hendrix (trumpet)
    Antonio Hart (soprano/alto saxophones)
    Billy Harper (tenor saxophone)
    Vincent Gardner (trombone)
    Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, tuba)
    Michele Rosewoman (piano, vocals)
    Gregg August (bass)
    Adam Cruz (drums)
    Roman Diaz / Abraham Rodriguez / Abi Holliday (bata/congas/vocals)

     

    Video

    • Michele Rosewoman and Members of New Yor-Uba perform "The Egun and The Harvest", An original composition utilizing Abakwa drum and vocal traditions. Featuring Roman Diaz.
    • Michele Rosewoman and Members of New Yor-Uba perform "For Agayu" Traditional Cuban folklore in a contemporary latin jazz setting.



    Extended Video Credits

    Michele Rosewoman - piano, vocals
    Pedrito Martinez, Roman Diaz, Abraham Rodriguez - bata, congas, vocals, clave
    Ricky Rodriguez - bass
    Javier Raez - audio engineer
    Martin Cohen - producer, video and edit
    All Music ©Michele Rosewoman for Contrast High Music/ASCAP

    New Yor-uba

    A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America

    “Two big cultural streams flowing simultaneously ...ancient and experimental at the same time, and capacious enough to include more and more."
    Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

    Renowned pianist and composer Michele Rosewoman presents New Yor-Uba: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America, featuring fellow masters from the worlds of contemporary jazz and Cuban folkloric music. The name "New Yor-Uba” pays homage to the dynamic musical journey of ancient Yoruba culture from Nigeria, through Cuba to present day New York, reflecting its contemporary manifestations.

    Brass, saxophones, and a rhythm section complement key Cuban elements including three bata and conga drummers, traditional vocals and dance. New Yor-Uba salutes the Orishas (Yoruban deities) in a contemporary jazz setting with a distinctive repertoire featuring Ms. Rosewoman’s original compositions and visionary arrangements that Incorporate a large spectrum of Cuban spiritually-based music, including, Yoruba (Nigeria), Arará (Dahomey), Abakuá (Calabar) and rumba/guaguanco, a uniquely Cuban musical form.

    "New Yor-Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America" debuted in 1983 at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City. The ensemble has performed at major festivals and venues throughout Europe and the United States and Ms. Rosewoman was among the first to bring an undiluted form of Cuban folklore into New York City jazz clubs. Celebrating 30 years, the ensemble's double disc release garnered the 2013 #1 NPR Latin Jazz Recording of the year award.

    Now with a 35-year progression, New Yor-Uba's concept and sound remain uniquely vital as Rosewoman continues to enhance the ensemble's repertoire with new music and personnel, further inspiring her to reflect upon and explore the links between these deep musical traditions.

    NEW WORK - NEW RELEASE

    "The deepening of my approach, knowledge, and relationship to this profound tradition that I am so completely bound to, prepared me on multiple levels to manifest this extended and most challenging composition. I am very grateful to Chamber Music America for supporting my evolution," explains Ms. Rosewoman.

    Ms. Rosewoman is a recipient of the 2015-16 Chamber Music America New jazz Works Commission. The resulting new work, "Oru de Oro", is a rhythmic suite anchored to a sacred sequence of rhythms known as the Oru Igbodu, where 23 Orishas are endowed with Rosewoman's distinctive musical content while displaying and integrating the mastery of featured soloists and master drummers. Rosewoman built this piece on the foundation of the form, contours, and mastery of folkorist/percussionist Roman Diaz, who has been a foundational member of the ensemble since 2008. "Oru de Oro'" was recorded in the studio in late 2017/18 along with other new repertoire and New Yor-Uba's new recording, "Hallowed", will be released on November 1st, 2019.

    CRITICAL ACCLAIM

    1983 Debut Performance
    “Ms. Rosewoman's music – dissonant melodies, brass chorales, chromatic ballads and orchestrated vamps for brasses, saxophones, and a jazz rhythm section, as the groove shifted from the flow of the Santeria chants to the swing of a jazz band – was jazz that didn't simply use Afro-Cuban rhythms as decoration, but layered melodies and rhythms with equal force and weight.” The New York Times

    “New Yor-uba is soulful evidence that Rosewoman is on to something significant. The music was energetic, propulsive and especially noteworthy largely because it...fully integrated orchestrated brasses, saxophones, and a jazz back line, with traditional Yoruban chants sung to the heavy rhythmic accompaniment of congas and bata drums, ceremoniously arriving at sumptuous Ellington-like orchestrations...” Downbeat Magazine

    2013 Critics Polls, Performance and CD Reviews
    The September 2013 release of New Yor-Uba's debut CD marked the ensemble's 30-year anniversary and brought great acclaim and extensive press. The National Public Radio (NPR) Critics Poll elected the 2-CD as the #1 Latin Jazz Release of 2013 and #25 of Best Recordings of the Year. Other accolades include the Downbeat Critics Poll, #14 Best Release of the Year and the Jazz Times Critics Poll, #14 Best Releases of the Year and one of the best large ensembles of the year. The CD received a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat among many other rave reviews and the New York Times lists the New Yor-Uba Dizzy's Lincoln Center CD release performance as one of the Best Concerts of the Year. Numerous featured stories included NPR Fresh Air, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Jazz Iz, Jazz Times and many others.

    "Two big cultural streams flowing simultaneously ...cultural multiplicity in sound taken to a reasonable extreme, where a song can still be allowed to sound logical and beautiful...ancient and experimental at the same time, and capacious enough to include more and more.." Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

    "Dazzling tracks...startling for its balance of unfettered improvisation and undiluted Cuban folklore within a complex and often grand structure...stylistic swagger and spiritual heft..." Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal

    "Absolutely one of the most exceptional records of 2013 is pianist-composer Michele Rosewoman's 30th Anniversary New Yor-Uba release.” Willard Jenkins, The Independent Ear

    Pianist Michele Rosewoman has created the masterpiece she's envisioned for 30 years, an extended loving and fully informed evocation....Two discs... and doubly rewarding." Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalists Association News

    BACKGROUND

    Ms. Rosewoman’s life-long immersion in both traditions led to the formation of New Yor-Uba. Her interest in Cuban music was born in a home full of music and art. Exposed in her early years to a spectrum of great jazz traditions and to spiritually-based music from around the world, she began playing piano at age 6. In her late teens she began playing congas and percussion, studying African-based drum and vocal traditions, specifically Cuban and Haitian forms, with an emphasis on the ritualized, spiritual aspects of the music. These early explorations would profoundly impact Rosewoman’s musical direction with a pervasive influence on the formation of her sound as a pianist and composer. She is credited as one of the first in bringing together Cuban Folkloric music with a thoroughly contemporary jazz concept for an uncompromised synthesis of these two profound musical idioms.

    Upon coming to New York in 1978, Rosewoman continued to nurture her collaborative work with various jazz luminaries and also began playing with Cuban dance bands. She soon formed a most important association with the late Cuban master drummer/vocalist Orlando “Puntilla” Rios. A repository of tradition, he was both a mentor and a member of her New Yor-Uba ensemble for 25 years, until his passing in 2008.

    Early support from the National Endowment for the Arts facilitated the premiere of Rosewoman's pioneering concept and ¬14-piece ensemble featuring Orlando 'Puntilla' Rios, at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City. The ensemble’s sold -out debut in 1983 signaled the emergence of an important new voice and received rave reviews in the New York Times and The Village Voice.

    Ms. Rosewoman has performed with many Jazz and Latin greats including, in the Latin music genre, the late Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Andy Gonzales, Roberto Borrell, Daniel Ponce, Chocolate, Nicky Marrero, Dave Valentin, Arturo O"Farrill and Puntilla's Nueva Generación, among many others.


    NEW YOR-UBA PERFORMANCES

    The Kennedy Center, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, Museum of Natural History NYC, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture NYC, The Painted Bride Arts Center/Phily, Roulette/Brooklyn, The Egg Center for Performing Arts/Albany NY, Tishman Auditorium NYC, Kuumbwa Jazz/Santa Cruz, Jazz Track/Greenwhich House, NYC, INTAR Hispanic Cultural Center/NYC, DIzzy's Lincoln Center,Yoshi's/Oakland, The Montmarte, Copenhagen, Nickelsdorf/Austria, NOS Radio Festival'Holland, the Atlanta, Washington D.C., Lake George, Vision NYC, Montclair NJ, Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Zurich, Tampere Finland and Salzburg Austria Jazz Festivals, S.O.B's NYC, Sweet Basil and Sweet Rhythm NYC, Yale University, Harvard University, Cal Sate University Fresno, University of Massachusetts Amherst MA, Hostos College, Bronx NY.

    Many of the finest musicians from the jazz and Cuban traditions have performed with New Yor-Uba, including:
    • Billy Harper
    • Antonio Hart
    • Greg Osby
    • Gary Thomas
    • Mark Shim
    • John Stubblefield
    • Oliver Lake
    • Steve Wilson
    • Gary Bartz
    • Don Byron
    • Joe Ford
    • Roman Filiu
    • Ingrid Jensen
    • Stacy Dillard
    • Freddie Hendrix
    • Michael Mossman
    • Baikida Carroll
    • Vincent Gardner
    • Bob Stewart
    • Howard Johnson
    • Andy Gonzales
    • Rufus Reid
    • Kenny Davis
    • Anthony Cox
    • Gene Jackson
    • Adam Cruz
    • Chris Washburne
    • Alex Norris
    • Roman Diaz
    • Pedrito Martinez
    • Orlando “Puntilla” Rios
    • Eddie Bobè
    • Gene Golden
    • Eddie Rodriguez
    • Alberto Morgan
    • Ernesto 'Gato' Gatell
    • Abraham Rodriguez
    • Steve Berrios
    • Mauricio Herrera
    • Yunior Terry
    • Robby Ameen
    • Rafael Monteagudo

    New Yor-Uba forever pays homage to the contributions and legacy of master folklorist Orlando “Puntilla” Rios.

    --updated 8-19