Michael Leonhart Orchestra (Rizzoli Music Aperitivo)

04/10/2022 - 5:00pm


SUNDAY, APRIL 10 AT 5 PM
Doors at 4:45 PM

MICHAEL LEONHART ORCHESTRA


RIZZOLI MUSIC APERITIVO
A music series at Rizzoli Bookstore

Rizzoli Bookstore is thrilled to once again host the Michael Leonhart Orchestra for the launch of their new record The Normyn Suites (Sunnyside Records).

This event is ticketed. Tickets are $27 and include a complimentary glass of wine.

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Guests over the age of five must wear masks and show proof of vaccination (either a vaccine card or an Excelsior Pass).
 
 
 
The Normyn Suites is both a requiem and celebration, inspired by the life and death of the bandleader’s 15-year-old dog, a female mini dachshund named Normyn. The third album by the MLO features a pair of suites—the first of which is an exploration of the stages of grieving, while the second is a reflection on love and loss. Leonhart's friend and author Alexandra Horowitz ("Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know) writes in the liner notes: "The Normyn Suites is an elegy; to listen is to spend time in that space of loss, reckoning, questioning, and mourning. At the same time, though, with each note, each phrase, we are propelled back into life."
 
In keeping with the MLO’s eclectic musical palette, the album features collaborations with Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell, Larry Goldings, Nels Cline, and rapper JSWISS as well as two bonus offerings with Donny McCaslin.
 
The show at Rizzoli Music Aperitivo will feature E.J. Strickland (drums); Joe Martin (bass); Robbie Mangano (guitar); Elizabeth Pupo-Walker (percussion); Freddie Hendrix, Jordan McLean and Carter Yasutake (trumpets); Adam Dotson (trombone); John Altieri (tuba); Donny McCaslin and Jason Marshall (saxophones); and Ludovica Burtone (violin).
 
Michael Leonhart is a Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate: trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. As a trumpeter, Michael has performed with rock legends Steely Dan since 1996, recording several albums with them, including 2000's four-time Grammy winning Album of the Year, “Two Against Nature”, on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor. He also appears on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning 2016 Record of the Year, “Uptown Funk.” Michael has composed music for stage and screen, including a song for Meryl Streep, whose performance he directed on the Decca soundtrack album Songs of Lahore. Most recently Michael has collaborated with Elvis Costello on his latest album “Hey Clockface.”

 

RIZZOLI MUSIC APERITIVO

From Francis Scott Fitzgerald to Jack Kerouac, from Toni Morrison to James Baldwin, from Philip Michael Ondaatje to Geoff Dyer, from Julio Cortazar to Boris Vian, from Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed to Jayne Cortez, the list of international writers and poets inspired or intrigued by jazz and other musical genres goes on. Since New York City’s Rizzoli Bookstore has a long tradition of building bridges between arts genres, international scenes, and creative people, we wanted to turn our gorgeous space in NoMad into an experimental living room where live jazz and other music can be enjoyed. The Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Field Blend Selections and is curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz

 

MONDO JAZZ

Mondo Jazz is a weekly program on Radio Free Brooklyn dedicated to the proposition that jazz is an international language. It is hosted every Wednesday night from 8 to 10 PM by Ludovico Granvassu, the founder and editor in chief of All About Jazz Italia. All archived episodes are available here.

FIELD BLEND SELECTIONS

Founded in January 2017, Field Blend Selections is a new wine importing and distribution company based in New York City, serving the New York and New Jersey markets.

In both name and practice, Field Blend Selections celebrates agricultural traditions and diversity. The name is an homage to the nineteenth-century immigrants who co-planted an assortment of grape varieties in vineyards throughout the United States, many of which survive today. Alongside their vines, they often co-planted other crops, including fruits, grains, and legumes. This approach of co-mingling various plantings to achieve balance in the vineyards is now referred to as polyculture, and it is widely recognized as one of the best methods for naturally enriching soils and reducing disease. Polyculture, by replicating nature’s diverse ecosystems, produces healthier fruit without the necessity of artificial herbicides or pesticides.

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