Michele Rosewoman Artist Bio "No other pianist-composer in jazz brings the music of the African diaspora together quite like Michele Rosewoman. Simply put, she's one of the most creative and fully realized jazz artists on the scene today.” CD NOW
Michele Rosewoman, a vanguard and pioneering artist in her field, creates a distinct musical experience by digging deep into her vast reservoir of acoustic modern jazz, sophisticated funk, dynamic electric fusion and elements of Cuban folkloric music. Her command and rich vocabulary elegantly expands the horizons and boundaries of jazz while remaining firmly rooted in tradition. With a more than 40-year history, Rosewoman stands out in her class as a visionary pianist, composer, educator, bandleader and gifted performer.
A 2015-16 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Commission for her long-standing New Yor-Uba ensemble (1983 debut) supported the development of her latest exploration. The resulting new work, "Oru de Oro", is a rhythmic suite anchored to a sacred sequence of rhythms known as the Oru Igbodu, where 23 Orishas are endowed with Rosewoman's distinctive musical content while displaying and integrating the mastery of featured soloists and master drummers. Featuring master folkorist/percussionist Roman Diaz, a foundational member of the ensemble since 2008, "Oru de Oro'" was recorded along with other new repertoire and "Hallowed" was released on Rosewoman's label (Advance Dance Disques) on November 1st 2019, to stellar reviews in major publications including JazzTimes, JazzIz, Downbeat and #3 NPR Latin Jazz Recording of the Year.
Following their 2013 double disc release which celebrated 30 years and garnered the #1 NPR Latin Jazz Recording of the year award, "Hallowed" is a true continuation of Rosewoman’s in-depth exploration of sacred Afro- Cuban musical traditions and presents another exciting chapter in the now 36 -year evolution of this highly acclaimed ensemble
Rosewoman states: The deepening of my approach, knowledge, and relationship to this profound tradition that I am so completely bound to, prepared me on multiple levels to manifest this extended and most challenging composition. I am very grateful to Chamber Music America for supporting my evolution"
Michele Rosewoman's juggernaut ensemble ... superbly sets modern American avant-garde jazz inside sacred Afro-Cuban rhythms. Master percussionist Roman Diaz serves as the music's spiritual guiding light... Rosewoman's sterling piano-playing makes the music burst with such fresh aplomb, sounding simultaneouslu ancient and futuristic... while her estimable piano improvisations are in service of the music, instead of simply being an exhibitionist's showcase...Her restive, percussive playing is the secret ingredient, even as the horns dispense fragmented motifs that sometimes expand into harmonically striking, impressionistic accompaniments. But when the pianist's instrumental work comes more to the fore... the brilliance of her musicality shines all the more. Overall, it's Rosewoman, the superlative composer and bandleader, who reigns supreme on this near- flawless outing."Downbeat **** 1/2 John Murph