04.20.17Auction Project @Irish Arts Center
Auction Project recently completed a three night engagement a the forward thinking Irish Arts Center to enthusiastic audiences. Click on the link to get a taste of what was happening.
04.19.17Auction Project live on WBGO
Auction Project traveled to Newark on April 19 for a live performance and interview with the great Rhonda Hamilton. Click below to view a clip of the performance.
07.08.16Live @the North Sea Jazz Festival
I was privileged to perform two evenings with Arturo O'Farrill at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Thanks to Dan Ouellette for a thoughtful review for DownBeat magazine.
12.16.14"Final Night at Birdland" wins Latin Grammy
ZOHO MUSIC is pleased to announce that the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra's "Final Night at Birdland" won the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Album.
10.07.14New Recording Slink
My new recording SLINK with Auction Project is available today. We will celebrate its release with sets at 8pm and 10pm at The Iridium this evening, October 7th.
The Auction Project's album Slink stakes out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth.
In these hands, this combination does sound perfectly natural, and at times transcendent - with Dave Bixler on alto sax, Heather Martin Bixler on violin, Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums, with a guest appearance by Mike Stern on electric guitar.
"Marquis of Huntley" is one track that demonstrates the unlikely chemistry between these two genres: Heather Martin Bixler takes the Scottish Strathspey dance rhythm and folds it into Cherico's funky groove.
"Richie Dwyer's Reel" takes an Irish tune down a different path, into straight-ahead swing. On "Heron's Egg," O'Farrill and De Rosa find inspiration in the syncopated pattern of an Irish jig to take flight into a Cuban fantasy.
Heather Martin Bixler's violin offers several of the album's most revelatory moments: she takes "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a nineteenth-century ballad of Irish rebellion, and turns it into a quiet duet with O'Farrill, which sets an evocative scene with just the right measures of jazz improvisation and Irish ornamentation.
Her hymn-like composition "Workmanship" closes the album, with high lonesome touches on guitar added by Stern. As elsewhere of this album, no one overplays, which only adds to the flavor.
"The trust and absence of unnecessary ego result in moments of trapeze-like abandonment," says O'Farrill, "where it feels like flying."
- Tim Wilkins, WBGO digital content producer
Auction Project's latest recording will be released this fall. The recording features the band, Artruo O'Farrill, Heather Bixler, Carlo De Rosa, Vince Cherico, and David Bixler in addition to guests Mike Stern on guitar and Isaac Alderson uilleanne pipes. The recording, with a street date of October 7th,will be available digitally on September 15th.
07.04.14Birdland July 1-5
Auction Project with accordionist Victor Prieto takes the stage at Birdland July 1-5.