Composer, pianist and educator Robert Irving III (pictured) conducts the newly formed Sonic Portraits Orchestra in the world premiere of Sketches of Brazil. The piece is an orchestral homage to his mentors, Miles Davis and Gil Evans, on the 50th anniversary of the recording of the pair's classic, Sketches of Spain. Having been a close friend and band member with Miles Davis for over a decade, Irving holds the rare position of playing a Davis classic from an insider's perspective. The concert features Robert Irving III (composer, conductor, piano); Sonic Portraits Orchestra (a blend of 33 classical and jazz musicians); Wallace Roney (trumpet, flugelhorn); Fareed Haque (guitar), Dede Sampaio (percussion), Felipe Fraga (percussion), Charles Heath (percussion) and Miles Evans (trumpet).
Special panel: Earlier that day from noon to 1:30 pm, the Chicago Cultural Center hosts a panel "50 Years from Sketches of Spain to Sketches of Brazil: A Symposium on the legacy of Miles Davis & Gil Evans" in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. Professor Fareed Haque moderates a conversation with Sketches of Brazil composer/arranger Robert Irving III. Additional panelists include Wallace Roney, Vince Wilburn Jr. (nephew of Miles Davis), Miles Evans (son of Gil Evans), Dede Sampaio and Felipe Fraga. Hear Miles and Gil memories from those who were there as well as reflections on the project by indigenous Brazilian musicians just hours before their world premiere performance in Millennium Park.
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