A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, alto-saxophonist, conductor, composer, arranger, producer Jorge Sylvester’s sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large.
Born in Colon, Panama he attended the Panama Conservatory of Music and the University of Panama. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music from the State University of New York College at New Paltz in 1981 and has toured Europe, Israel with the World Saxophone Quartet performing alongside luminaries David Murray, Oliver Lake and Hammiet Bluiett as well as Danilo Perez as a member of The Panamanian All Stars which also includes legends Billy Cobham and Carlos Garnett. Mr. Sylvester’s discography is extensive.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio Nora McCarthy has thus far had a very productive and significant musical career. A poet and a songwriter in addition to being a highly original singer, she is an important force in the advanced New York jazz vocal scene since 1996 when she recorded her first of thus far six CD’s, red&blue. She received a scholarship for vocal jazz performance from New School University in 2003 and has performed with numerous notables in the creative music field including: Juini Booth, Kuumba Frank Lacy; Dominic Duval, Gunter Hampel; James Hurt, Barry Wedgle, Dom Minasi, Gene Jackson, Dafnis Prieto, and Jay Rosen. From 2005 to 2010 was a member of and assistant to Conductor, Lawrence D. „Butch“ Morris’ A Chorus Of Poets.
Since their debut of A Small Dream In Red Duo at the Knitting Factory in NYC on September 10, 2001, they have performed and conducted workshops throughout New York at well known jazz and avant-garde venues, galleries and schools and have also appeared in concert in Cleveland, Ohio, Podgorica, Montenegro; Linz, Austria and Panama City, Panama.
Their new CD, In The Language Of Dreams, is a tribute to Ornette Coleman, master innovator of the free jazz movement and Wassily Kandinsky, abstractionist painter and master of modern art. It features original compositions by both McCarthy and Sylvester, McCarthy’s poetry, interpretations of five of Kandinsky’s paintings as well as two Ornette compositions that McCarthy wrote lyrics for, an heirloom standard, a Gaelic Hymn, a composition of the great poetic song stylist, Abbey Lincoln and a compelling piece dedicated to the people of Japan.
A Small Dream In Red is a ground-breaking duo whose powerful artistic expression is centered around the alto voice and alto saxophone. Through improvisation, deconstruction, interpretation, expansion, innovation and storytelling they arrange aural and visual elements into moving images, new shapes, designs and sounds.
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