Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse

TD James Moody Jazz Festival

One of the jazz world’s brightest new stars – powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, and two-time GRAMMY winner Cécile McLorin Salvant – arrives with Ogresse, her new song cycle co-commissoned by NJPAC, The Metropolitan Museum and the Kennedy Center.

“A woman lived in the woods on the outskirts of town. Her skin was chocolate brown. Upon her head she wore a crown of bones …”

So begins Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse, an original song cycle on which she collaborates with arranger and conductor Darcy James Argue. This latest project from the two-time GRAMMY winner (for her acclaimed albums, For One to Love and Dreams and Daggers) is a work both musical and narrative, a fairytale-like musical journey about a female ogre who falls in love with a man – and in the end, devours him.

Since the release of Cécile, her 2010 debut album, Cécile McLorin Salvant has been wowing critics and audiences across the country and around the world. She creates “awe-inspiringly audacious jazz,” says The Guardian. “Only a few years into her career, this singer has absorbed the history of jazz and made it her own,” says The New Yorker.



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