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  • Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has been named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.. Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from Cécile McLorin Salvant is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.

    Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world.

    Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world. Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021

Cécile McLorin Salvant

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Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Thu, Oct 28
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Thu, Oct 28
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Fri, Oct 29
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Fri, Oct 29
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Sat, Oct 30
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Sat, Oct 30
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Nov 3
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie
Wed, Nov 3
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie
Fri, Nov 5
Ghent
De Billoke
Fri, Nov 5
Ghent
De Billoke
Sat, Nov 6
Turnhout
De Warande
Sat, Nov 6
Turnhout
De Warande
Sun, Nov 7
Amsterdam
Bimhuis
Sun, Nov 7
Amsterdam
Bimhuis
Tue, Nov 9
Ourense
Teatro Principal de Ourense
Tue, Nov 9
Ourense
Teatro Principal de Ourense
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Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has been named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.. Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from Cécile McLorin Salvant is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.

Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world.

Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world. Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021

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Tour

Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Thu, Oct 28
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Thu, Oct 28
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Fri, Oct 29
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Fri, Oct 29
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Sat, Oct 30
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Sat, Oct 30
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Nov 3
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie
Wed, Nov 3
Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie
Fri, Nov 5
Ghent
De Billoke
Fri, Nov 5
Ghent
De Billoke
Sat, Nov 6
Turnhout
De Warande
Sat, Nov 6
Turnhout
De Warande
Sun, Nov 7
Amsterdam
Bimhuis
Sun, Nov 7
Amsterdam
Bimhuis
Tue, Nov 9
Ourense
Teatro Principal de Ourense
Tue, Nov 9
Ourense
Teatro Principal de Ourense
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