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Take Five with Aruan Ortiz

By Published: April 19, 2013
CDs you are listening to now: Afro-Horn, 3rd Encarnation (AACE 2013) Ronald Sjinder, Natural Sources, 1977 Michael Attias, Spun Tree (Clean Feed, 2012) Stanley Cowell, Welcome to this new world, 2013 Amina Alaoui, Siwan (ECM, 2009)

Desert Island picks: Tough question, but just to name a few: Any Thelonious Monk's album;
Any Andrew Hill's album;
Any Herbie Hancock's album;
Any Miles Davis from 1957 to 1970;
Any album conducted by Pierre Boulez;
Don Cherry's Togetherness and Old and New Dreams;
Love Supreme and any Trane album after that recording, and a long etc...

How would you describe the state of jazz today? We should go back and believe in jazz as a folk art form, celebrate the masters, and push forward the boundaries of this music from its essence.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Keep the curiosity alive.

What is in the near future? A monthly series I'm curating at DROM in NYC entitled "Music & Architecture," inspired by rituals and concepts of materials such as fractals, reflections in water, piece within a piece, Arabesques, etc.

The Aruán Ortiz Quartet featuring David Gilmore
David Gilmore
David Gilmore

, Rashaan Carter and Eric McPherson will be at the Atlanta Jazz Festival 2013, promoting our album Orbiting and on tour in Europe this fall.

I'm planning to tour with the Aruán Ortiz/Michael Janisch
Michael Janisch
Michael Janisch
Quintet featuring Greg Osby
Greg Osby
Greg Osby
promoting our album Banned in London (Whirlwind Recordings, 2012).

I'm finishing the upcoming Afro-Horn's album that I'm co-producing. We'll premiere it at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

What's your greatest fear when you perform? My only fear is not to create a channel between me and the audience, where I can transmit to them the message from my music.

What song would you like played at your funeral? Oh my... I haven't thought about it yet...

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower? Whatever is in my mind at the moment... lately I was whistling "What's This" from the Soundtrack of Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton. My son likes that movie!

By Day: Practice, practice and practice... that's my day job :)

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Something that could heal and touch the soul of people.

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Download jazz mp3 “Koko” by Aruan Ortiz
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