The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis closes the season with a new collaboration bridging visual art and jazz composition. In partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, JLCO members have selected individual pieces of art to serve as inspiration for new compositions. These new songs will be premiered alongside large projections of the artwork that inspired them, turning Rose Theater into a unique musical art gallery.
June 7, 2019 8:00PM
Portraits of America: A Jazz Story
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis closes the season with a new collaboration bridging visual art and jazz composition. In partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, JLCO members have spent the past year exploring centuries’ worth of American artwork, ranging from famous masterworks to lesser-known gems. Each musician was asked to select a single piece of art as inspiration for a new original composition.
This new collection of music will be performed by the JLCO for the first time tonight. Every song will be accompanied by a large display of the artwork that inspired it, transforming Rose Theater into a one-of-a-kind art gallery. Thanks to a close collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center’s light technicians and Crystal Bridges’ curators and educators, each piece of art will be presented in a way that highlights key details connecting it to the live music.
This special event expands the JLCO’s Jazz and Art songbook for the first time in a decade. Past iterations brought us longstanding JLCO favorites like Ted Nash’s Portrait in Seven Shades and Sherman Irby’s Twilight Sounds, and the band’s composers are eager to revisit this rich source of inspiration. The music and visuals will both stand on their own merits, as our previous commissions have proved, but it is uniquely powerful to learn their stories and experience them as one.
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