Those who have seen posts on Facebook regarding female Jazz instrumentalists know how heartfelt this host is about them. When artistry is found of this magnitude, it's cause for celebration :) That's why it's such an honorable pleasure to have Iris Ornig as a guest!
Bassist of rare depth, composer, arranger, teacher, and bandleader, Iris has a different perspective on playing. Because her journey in her young life has been so vast. Born in Germany, she studied Jazz and Pop music in Switzerland - then both Music and Drama in London. In 2003, she traveled across the pond to New York City, where seasoned vets moved aside to watch/hear in awe.
Honing skills in leading a band, Iris gained momentum in her various other gifts - ones which complemented her utterly mesmerizing skill with the bass. He work with buzzworthy artists tellls the story: Gretchen Parlato, Sachal Vasandani, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wycliffe Gordon...and the critics have fallen over themselves to describe her music: "Creative", "Fresh", "Elegant", "Profoundly Harmonic", and "Spiritual Sensibility" are a few words that are in print.
In 2009, Iris broke "New Ground" - that's the name of her first CD. In 2012, we welcomed "No Restrictions." The company here is extraordinary: Helen Sung, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Rodriguez and Marcus Gilmore.
If you are blessed to be in the Big Apple, you've heard Iris play in the noteworthy clubs around town. If you've seen her at the various international festivals that feature Jazz, that's another kind of natural high entirely :)
Get to know this multiple talent when Iris Ornig joins us on "Hybrid Jazz" in the second hour - on 2/20/2014. It will be a feast for your ears!
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