Grow Your Art: Residency Concert with Cécile McLorin Salvant

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

This concert is the culmination of the Grow Your Art residency with guest artist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Each small group prepared two pieces but will perform only one. Their choice will be announced from the Jordan Hall stage.

This performance is open to in-person audiences only. A streamed version will be viewable on December 17 at 7:30 p.m. See event listing

About Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as a unique voice supported by an intelligence and  full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings. Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk traditions from around the world, theater, jazz, and baroque music. She is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. She won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010, has received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 3 latest albums (The Window, Dreams and Daggers, and For One To Love), and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album WomanChild. In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of a French mother and Haitian father, she started classical piano studies at 5, sang in a children’s choir at 8, and started classical voice lessons as a teenager.  She received a bachelor’s degree in French law from the Université Pierre-Mendes France in Grenoble while also studying baroque music and jazz at the Darius Milhaud Music Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Salvant’s latest work, Ogresse, is a musical fable in the form of a cantata that blends genres (folk, baroque, jazz, country). She wrote the story, lyrics, and music, and it is arranged by Darcy James Argue for a thirteen-piece orchestra of multi-instrumentalists. Ogresse, both a biomythography and an homage to the Erzulie (as painted by Gerard Fortune) and Sara Baartman, explores fetishism, hunger, diaspora, cycles of appropriation, lies, othering, and ecology. It is in development to become an animated feature-length film which Salvant will direct.

Salvant makes large-scale textile drawings; her visual art can now be found at Picture Room in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Grow Your Art: A Music and Business Residency was made possible thanks to a generous gift from an NEC supporter.

  1. Burt Bacharach | Wives and Lovers........George Shearing | Conception

    Artists
    • Arreanna Lerner, voice
    • Keegan Marshall-House, piano
  2. Cécile McLorin Salvant | Look at Me........Hal Dickinson | Somebody Else's Dream

    Artists
    • Heather Milberger, voice
    • Seulah Noh, piano
  3. Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin | If I Should Lose You........Hyeonseon Baek | My Temptation

    Artists
    • Hyeonseon Baek, voice
    • Talia Rubinstein, guitar
  4. Jimmy Rowles & Norma Winstone | The Peacocks........Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke | It Could Happen to You

    Artists
    • Sahana Narayanan, voice
    • Kyra Teboe, piano
  5. Billy Strayhorn | Lush Life........Zion Dyson | Sunrise

    Artists
    • Zion Dyson, voice
    • Eleanor Pruneau, piano
    • Nick Grondin, guitar
    • Domenico Botelho, double bass
    • CJ Schreiber, drums
  6. Bob Dorough & Fran Landesman | Nothing Like You Has Ever Been Seen Before........Cécile McLorin Salvant | Tell Me What They're Saying Can't Be True

    Artists
    • Sarah Matsushima, voice
    • Eleanor Pruneau, piano
    • Nick Grondin, guitar
    • Domenico Botelho, double bass
    • CJ Schreiber, drums
  7. Richard Rodgers | The Sweetest Sounds........Raymond Hubbell & John Golden | Poor Butterfly

    Artists
    • Kaoruko Yoshida-Pilkington, voice
    • Eleanor Prudeau, piano
    • Nick Grondin, guitar
    • Domenico Botelho, double bass
    • CJ Schreiber, drums
  8. Cécile McLorin Salvant | Moon Song

    Artists
    • Cécile McLorin Salvant, voice
    • Eleanor Prudeau, piano
    • Nick Grondin, guitar
    • Domenico Botelho, double bass
    • CJ Schreiber, drums
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Select NEC students will participate in an open master class with Grow Your Art Artist, Cécile McLorin Salvant.
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Come learn about the life experiences of female-identifying professionals active in the music world. This Q&A and Panel Discussion will feature the perspectives and lived experiences of President...

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This streamed concert—the full version of which took place in Jordan Hall for in-person audiences on Thursday, December 2—is the culmination of the Grow Your Art residency with guest artist Cécile McLorin Salvant.