Iris Ornig Quartet
(Published: November 22, 2013)
Wednesday December 4th @ 8:15PM
Iris Ornig Quartet
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 111215
Iris Ornig bassist/composer voted as "One of 10 Future Female Jazz Stars..." -- jazz.com performs with her Quartet at ShapeShifter Lab
Bassist & composer Iris Ornig is one of the most original female voices on today's New York jazz scene. Since her arrival in New York City in 2003, she had played with an amazing roster of the most influential contemporary jazz musicians in NYC including Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Rodriguez, Rebecca Martin, Allison Miller, Sachal Vasandani, Helen Sung, Marcus Gimore, Dan Tepfer and many others.
Ornig's music highlights all the members - Josh Deutsch on trumpet, Nir Felder on guitar and Ronen Itzik on drums- in a mixed program of straight ahead and contemporary jazz originals and well-chosen pop covers. Ornig's compositions are strikingly fresh, original and of the moment.
Her latest CD, "No Restrictions", features Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Rodriguez, Helen Sung and Marcus Gilmore. The recording has earned extremely positive reviews from Downbeat, Jazziz, All About Jazz, and The New York City Jazz Record, just to name a few.
"...Ornig's own tunes evidence the attraction to modern pop music. ‘Gate 29' has Rodriguez virtually singing an infectiously cool melody reminiscent of the likes of ‘Radiohead', while ‘We shall meet beyond the River' soars with raw, confessional emotion." - Downbeat (Shaun Brady 4 Stars)
"...'No Restrictions' is a mature, distinctive and captivating disc. It's the elegant work of an exceptional artist at the height of her powers." -Jazziz (Hryar Attarian)
"...This well-put-together CD (produced by Ornig) can only increase Ornig's visibility on the jazz scene as a fresh instrumentalist and composer.' - The New York City Jazz Record (Marcia Hillman).
"... A bass player that knows how to lead and give everyone room to strut their stuff, Ornig serves up a wonderful set that really delivers the goodsthroughout." - Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Her album ‘No Restrictions" opens with ‘Autumn Kiss‘, which describes the color and breathe of autumn: Fiery, earthy, golden and natural.
"As for my writing, I am a very melodic person and it's flowing from my heart and soul. I've been intensely focused on engaging the listener's subconscious by bringing inventive and wistful melodies with a complex harmonic thinking and a modern approach, searching for undertones to bind the composition together as a unified whole. The recording session in the studio for No Restrictions came together really fast, it was almost like magic." says Ornig.
Iris Ornig is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer and a charismatic performer.
Her compositions are swinging, stormy, melodic, sensitive, playful, angular and straight-ahead with plenty of twists and surprises.
Iris studied jazz and popular music in St. Gallen Switzerland and went from there to the well-known Guildhall School in Music and Drama in London to establish her musical skills.
More Information: http://www.irisornig.com