Heritage Ensemble Concert
Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 7pm
Baruch Students and Faculty Free Admission w/ID
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The New York Jazz Record calls Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble “. . .a cross-cultural collaboration that spins and grooves.” The Ensemble’s repertoire of original compositions and arrangements incorporate jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and neo-classical styles and danceable rhythms.”
The Heritage Ensemble began in the early 1980s when Eugene Marlow was asked to perform a version of a traditional Hebraic melody, L’Cha Dodi, at a weekend retreat. At the time he was studying with jazz composer/pianist/educator Harold Danko. While learning the piece he began to experiment with jazz chords underneath the melody line. The traditional version took on a whole new feel as a result.
From that “experimental” beginning has evolved a quintet, The Heritage Ensemble, a repertoire of over two dozen arrangements, and three CDs--“Making the Music Our Own” (MEII Enterprises 2006), “Celebrations” (MEII Enterprises 2010), and “A Fresh Take” (MEII Enterprises 2011). A fourth album--“Remembrance”--is forthcoming for 2013. All their albums are available at cdbaby.com.
The musicians in the Ensemble are stellar: five-time Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria; NEA Performance Grantee saxophonist Michael Hashim; Phi Beta Kappa bassist Frank Wagner; and Nuyorican virtuoso percussionist Obanilu Allende. Marlow is on keyboards and handles all the arrangements.
The quintet performs in traditional and non-traditional venues, such as: the Brooklyn Academy of Music Café, the Baruch Performing Arts Center, The Triad Theatre, the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium, and Symphony Space. We have also performed at Saint Peter’s (at Citicorp Center), the Bronx High School of Science, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, and the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, among many other venues.
For more information, please go to www.eugenemarlow.com. You can also read Marlow’s weekly blog on music, media and culture, The Marlowsphere Blog, at the same web site.