Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding announces world tour in support of new release Chamber Music Society
Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society debuted as the #1 Jazz Album on iTunes!
Additionally, it hit #1 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart, #2 on its Contemporary Jazz chart, and #3 Current Jazz Albums Chart.
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Centuries ago, long before the advent of radio or recording technology, chamber music was the music for the masses - the music in which people from nearly every segment of society could find meaning and relevance.
A decade into the 21st century, Esperanza Spalding - the bassist, vocalist and composer who first appeared on the jazz scene in 2008 - takes a contemporary approach to this once universal form of entertainment with a world tour in support of Chamber Music Society, her latest release on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.
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Esperanza creates a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. The result is a sound that weaves the innovative elements of jazz, folk and world music into the enduring foundations of classical music.
"So much of my early musical experience was spent playing chamber music on the violin, and it's a form of music that I've always loved," says Esperanza. "I was very inspired by a lot of classical music, and chamber music in particular. I'm intrigued by the concept of intimate works that can be played and experienced among friends in an intimate setting. So I decided to create my version of contemporary chamber music, and add one more voice to that rich history."
Chamber Music Society is a place where connoisseurs of classical music and jazz devotees - and fans of other musics as well - can find common ground. The recording offers a chamber music for modern times - one that brings together people of different perspectives and broadens their cultural experience, just as it did in an earlier age.
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Esperanza first took the world by storm in 2008 with her self-titled debut recording that spent more than 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Spalding was booked on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the CBS Saturday Early Show, the Tavis Smiley Show, Austin City Limits and National Public Radio.
Other highlights included two appearances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, the Jazz Journalists Association's 2009 Jazz Award for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, the 2009 JazzWeek Award for Record of the Year, and many high profile tour dates, including Central Park SummerStage in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival.
2009 was capped by an invitation from President Obama to perform at both the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway - where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded - and also at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
In early 2010, Spalding was the subject of an in-depth profile in The New Yorker, she was also featured in the May 2010 Anniversary issue of O, The Oprah Magazine's "Women on the Rise" (in a fashion spread that features portraits of 10 women who are making a difference in various careers), and she was again nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for their 2010 Jazz Award for Up and Coming Artist of the Year.
"I'm confident that this music will touch people," she says of Chamber Music Society. "We all want to hear sincerity and originality in music, and anyone can recognize and appreciate when love and truth are transmitted through art. No matter what else has or hasn't been achieved on this recording, those things are definitely a part of this music. Those are the things I really want to deliver."
Esperanza Spalding 2010 US Tour Dates:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
9/17/10 Esperanza Spalding in Grinell, IA Herrick Chapel, Grinell College
9/18/10 Esperanza Spalding in Des Moines, IA Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University
9/19/10 Esperanza Spalding in Stoughton, WI Opera House
9/21/10 - 09/22/10 Esperanza Spalding in Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club
9/23/10 Esperanza Spalding in Notre Dame, IN DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts of Notre Dame
9/24/10 Esperanza Spalding in Charlotte, NC Knight Theater
9/29/10 Esperanza Spalding in Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater
9/30/10 Esperanza Spalding in New York City, NY Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
10/02/10 Esperanza Spalding in Cambridge, MA Sanders Theater, Harvard Universtity
10/03/10 Esperanza Spalding in Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
10/07/10 Esperanza Spalding in Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, The Broad Stage
10/08/10 Esperanza Spalding in San Luis Obispo, CA The Alex and Faye Spanos Theater
10/10/10 Esperanza Spalding in San Francisco, CA Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
10/11/10 Esperanza Spalding in Arcata, CA Kate Buchanan Hall
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