Sunday, November 5, 2017

The NUVO Chamber Quartet: Re-imagining Faure, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff


The NUVO Chamber Quartet features expansive jazz re-arrangements and re-constructions of late-Romantic romantic repertoire (Gershwin, Faure, & Rachmaninoff), Ladino & Israeli works, plus original Turkish and Brazilian compositions. A vocal blues suite with original Beat-Era lyrics by Ornette Coleman, Thelonius Monk, and McCoy Tyner rounds out the program.

The group is lead by composer/arranger Michael Smolens, who has been fascinated with the intersection of with jazz and classical music with improvisation as a bridge for over five decades. Each band member has toured and recorded extensively, and is a composer, teacher, and bandleader in their own right. Their collaborations include: Grammy-winning chamber ensembles (Turtle Island & Ying Quartets, New Century Chamber Orch.), vocal ensembles (Chanticleer, SF Girls' Chorus, Voicestra), gypsy jazz (Hot Club of SF), 'nuevo flamenco' (Jason McGuire "El Robio"), North Indian (Pandit Zakir Hussain), jazz legends Kenny Barron, Stephane Grapelli, John Handy, Stefon Harris, Stanley Jordon, Nguyen Le, Paul McCandless, Paquito D'Rivera and vocalists Jacqui Naylor, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Washington, and Rhiannon.

The NUVO Chamber Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission