Celebrations: The Heritage Ensemble Interprets Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook, the latest contemporary world music album was just released by Eugene Marlow¹s Heritage Ensemble.
The Heritage Ensemble is dedicated to the concert performance of
liturgical and folksong Hebraic melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, and
Brazilian styles, with a touch of classicism for good measure.
Nine tracks: four from the Chanukah festival, two from Purim. An
original composition, Yotvata–a mixture of classical and jazz–celebrates
the creation of the leading dairy kibbutz in Israel. An eighth track,
Halleluyah, from the liturgy, is a solo piano arrangement.
· A unique feature of Celebrations is a ninth track narrated by Dr.
Marlow that describes The Heritage Ensemble¹s history, repertoire, and
philosophy. Musical clips from the current album and a forthcoming CD (to be
released in Spring 2011) underscore Marlow¹s comments.
· Personnel: multi-Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria, who also
serves as album co-producer, along with Dr. Eugene Marlow, the Ensemble¹s
founder, arranger, leader, and keyboardist. Other performers include
Nuyorican percussionist Cristian Rivera, NEA performance grantee saxophonist
Michael Hashim, and acoustic/electric bassist Frank Wagner.
This is the second album from The Heritage Ensemble–the sixth from
composer/arranger Eugene Marlow. All albums are available at
About Eugene Marlow
Eugene Marlow, Ph.D. is a composer/arranger, producer, presenter, performer,
author, journalist, and educator who has written over 200 classical and jazz
compositions for solo instruments, jazz and classical chamber groups, and
jazz big band. Under the MEII Enterprises label, he has produced six CDs of
original compositions and arrangements.
Marlow is senior co-chair of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert
Series at Baruch College (The City University of New York), now in its 19th
season. In early 2010, Marlow received a Creative Connections grant from
Meet the Composer for his work with The Heritage Ensemble.
Dr. Marlow is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and
current member of the Jazz Journalists Association, the New York Composers
Circle, and Chamber Music America. He is a voting member of The Recording