Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The New Eternity Rhythm Orchestra

Don Cherry
16 x 12 inches, oil on canvas paper, 2017
Two days ago I talked about The New Eternity Rhythm Orchestra, a free jazz combo led by Don Cherry. The group was formed for the performance of a composition by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. I created a portrait painting of Penderecki for the occasion but this is replaced now for this portrait of Don Cherry because Penderecki now is listed with a different piece. The text accompanying the Penderecki painting will now be updated to reflect his work Threnody for the victims of Hiroshima. The following text was originally assigned to Penderecki: In 1971 the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki teamed up with free jazz trumpeter Don Cherry in a composition Actions for a free jazz orchestra. The New Eternity Rhythm Orchestra was organized by Don Cherry (1936-1995) for the performance of this piece. The orchestra featured a number of the big names of free jazz: Peter Brötzmann, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Terje Rypdal, and many others including, of course, Don Cherry himself.

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