My friend Michelle Caruso-Cabrera was a CNBC news anchor who performs on the opera. She’s also running for Comptroller of New York City.
Huge congratulations to my friend @kabirsehgal on releasing his new jazz opera "Angela's Ring" about the European Financial Crisis. It also features my reporting which you can hear below👀🔊 pic.twitter.com/246se8XcCZ
— Michelle Caruso-Cabrera for NYC Comptroller (@MCaruso_Cabrera) March 19, 2021
- The Jazz Owl: “It is not very often that we see a Jazz opera and rarer still to hear a work of Jazz and Classical vocals that is so instructive, humorous, and sympathetic to an international crisis, but Angela’s Ring is all of that.”
- Take Effect: “But if your interests reside anywhere near opera and jazz, there’s much in the way of instruments, texturing and top notch songwriting to be excited about from the exceptional talent present.”
- Midwest Record: “The script is pretty funny and sassy–you don’t even have to be a news head to smirk your way through it…Don’t be afraid to approach it if you want something new that really colors outside the lines.”
Four Questions is the sixth production on which Arturo and I collaborated, over almost a decade. It’s been amazing to see Arturo’s journey as an artist and intellect. He makes music that is both contemporary and timeless, provoking questions among listeners to observe their surroundings. That this project is grounded in the philosophy of one great American writer, W.E.B. Du Bois, it’s fitting to cite another. The influential African American jazz critic and novelist Albert Murray believed that cultural diversity was a hallmark to America’s strength, and I know that Arturo believes this, too. Moreover, like Murray, Arturo believes that the powers that be should be called out for intolerance and bigotry.
Congrats Best Latin Jazz Album winner – 'FOUR QUESTIONS' Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra ✨ #GRAMMYs
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 14, 2021
We are so blessed to win a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album, Four Questions! The genius of brother Arturo O'Farrill, his great orchestra & my spoken words saluted the inimitable W.E.B. Du Bois! We had our debut at the historic Apollo Theater! #Grammys https://t.co/9wOWJDf8Bq
— Cornel West (@CornelWest) March 14, 2021
Heartiest congratulations to my dear brother @CornelWest and Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (@afrolatinjazz) for winning a #GRAMMY for Four Questions! W.E.B. Du Bois is smiling down on the souls of Black folk!!!
— Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) March 15, 2021