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Wednesday May 04, 2011

Art After Five’s Jazzy Take on a Modern Masterpiece

In a new podcast that has just been released on iTunes, one of the most sought after jazz performers on the world stage, Joe Lovano, discusses his latest original composition—set to premiere on May 20 at Art After 5. The piece, Shimmers of Light, was inspired by the Museum’s Ellsworth Kelly painting Seine. Lovano’s performance will be the first of two such events, with critically acclaimed musician Chris Potter presenting his own original take on Seine on May 27.

In the podcast, journalist David Adler speaks with Art After Five’s Producer of Evening Programs, Sara Moyn, as well as Lovano, offering an insider’s glimpse into the renowned saxophonist’s fascinating creative process. You’ll also discover more about the significance of Seine, an important example of Kelly’s early abstractions that captures the artist’s great interest in chance. It is especially meaningful for the Museum, as it was the first work obtained through the Anne d’Harnoncourt Fund for Art Acquisitions.

For Lovano, the painting has a number of different shades that can be seen as representing different cycles of the day as well as changing seasons. This in turn gave him plenty of ideas to put to music. In addition to Lovano’s inspirations, you’ll learn more about his acclaimed career, the role of jazz and art in the mid 20th century, and his current ensemble, Us Five.

Listen to podcast here