Over the past three decades, under Rosewoman's direction, New Yor-Uba's repertoire has deepened and evolved. New Yor-Uba premiered at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in 1983, featuring the brilliant master folklorist Orlando 'Puntilla' Rios, and has since performed to delighted and sold-out crowds throughout Europe and the United States.
The music of New Yor-Uba salutes the Orishas (Yoruban deities) through Ms. Rosewoman's original compositions and inimitable arrangements of centuries-old Yoruba (Nigeria) and Arara (Dahomey) chants as well as Abakwa (Nigeria) and rumba (Cuba) musical traditions. Ms. Rosewoman is credited as one of the first in bringing together spiritually- based Cuban Folkloric music with a contemporary jazz concept delivering a thoroughly uncompromised synthesis of these two profound musical genres. New Yor-Uba remains eminently vital as Rosewoman continues to enhance the ensemble's repertoire with new music and personnel to reflect and explore the crossroads of these musical traditions as perceived and channeled through her genuinely unique vision.
Pianist/Composer Michele Rosewoman has deftly fused her musical influences across three decades to expand musical horizons and push boundaries while remaining firmly rooted in tradition. A fearless bandleader and mentor, her Quintessence ensemble brings together some of the most inventive voices in jazz while New Yor-Uba unites master musicians from both musical genres. Ms. Rosewoman has performed and recorded with many greats from both the jazz and Latin music worlds, including Jimmy Heath, Julius Hemphill, Julian Priester, Gary Bartz, Freddie Waits, Reggie Workman, Rufus Reid, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Miguel Zenon, Billy Hart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Chocolate, and Orlando 'Puntilla' Rios. She has received great critical acclaim and prestigious awards, including major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and an ASCAP/Meet the Composer Commission.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba
Michele Rosewoman — Piano and Vocals
Freddie Hendrix — Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Oliver Lake — Soprano and Alto Saxophones
Mike Lee — Tenor Saxophone and Flute
Vincent Gardner — Trombone
Howard Johnson — Baritone Saxophone and Tuba
Pedrito Martinez — Bata, Congas, and Vocals
Roman Diaz — Bata, Congas, and Vocals
Abraham Rodriguez — Bata, Congas, and Vocals
Yunior Terry Cabrera — Bass
Adam Cruz — Drums
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