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Bassist/Composer Iris Ornig celebrates the release of her new recording "NO RESTRICTIONS"
(Published: August 19, 2012)

CD Release Celebration:

Wednesday September 19th, 2012 @ 8PM & 10PM
Iris Ornig Quartet featuring Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums
Kitano @ 66 Park Avenue, NYC (www.kitano.com) Tel: 212 885 7119
Cover: $10 and $15 minimum

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 from Germany, she has played with an impressive roster of some of the most influential contemporary jazz musicians in New York including Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Rodriguez, Rebecca Martin, Allison Miller, Sachal Vasandani, Helen Sung, Marcus Gilmore, Dan Tepfer, among others.

Applauded for its fresh, of the moment compositions, "No Restrictions" highlights the members of the Iris Ornig quintet: Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums in a mixed program of eight straight-ahead and contemporary jazz originals and two carefully-chosen covers.

The album opens with ‘Autumn Kiss‘, which evokes the color and breath of autumn celebrating fiery and earthy sights. The next song is ‘We Shall Meet Beyond the River' a magnificent ballad written in homage to ‘Big Pat', a departed friend who greatly inspired Ornig in the United States. The third song ‘Venus As A Boy' is a cover by Bjork with a striking melody, hypnotic drum beats and rich guitar sounds featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel. The album title ‘No Restrictions' explores Brazilian music mixed with the more straightforward American-European jazz traditions. The result is a song that is surprisingly harmonic and interestingly structured. The last song on the album is "Uptight," composed with bluesy jazz notes to describe the tempo of desire: hour after hour of wanting that person, place or thing, but somehow, someway, it still manages to elude our reach.

"Once we were in the studio, the recording session for "No Restrictions" came together so quickly, it was almost like magic. I know a lot of artists say that, but now I understand why," says Ornig. "It was all the love and all the preparation before hand that got us to this magical point. I can't tell you for how long I'd been intensely focused on finding the sound of this record, searching for the inventive notes, the wistful melodies, the harmonic thinking that would bind the compositions into a unified whole. Yes, interested, very interested, in what is the most modern approach for jazz but also in service to our listeners, the people who know my music and the new people we hope get to know us now. Engaging their hearts, and their minds, inspired me when I was writing and, once we were in the studio, the music just flowed from our souls."

"One of 10 Future Female Jazz Stars..." -- jazz.com

More Information: http://www.irisornig.com

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