Italian Opera Meets Jazz

Italian Opera Meets Jazz

Mike del Ferro / Claron McFadden / Metropole Orkest

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917342826
Catalog number: CR 73428
Releasedate: 06-05-16
- Italian Opera meets Jazz is an album with the beloved Italian Belcanto repertoire: Neapolitan songs and famous arias
- all songs are arranged by eight international arrangers to cast them in an entirely new mould 

- performed by the grammy winning Metropole Orkest with jazz pianist Mike del Ferro and vocalist Claron McFadden
This release is the fourth album in the ten-part series “Songs inspired by wandering the globe,” a series based on Mike del Ferro’s worldwide travels. Neapolitan songs, particularly arias by Puccini and Verdi are meshed together with jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a truly unique soundscape. Pianist Mike del Ferro is an internationally renowned artist. He has appeared in 116 countries across the globe, with performances varying from solo recitals to contemporary crossovers. Ferro is joined here by guest singer, US born Claron McFadden. Her highly distinctive voice allows her to flow effortlessly between classical and jazz, opera and concert, and traditional and modern repertoire.
Mike del Ferro (born in Amsterdam) is an internationally renowned, enormously versatile pianist. With appearances so far in 116 countries throughout the world, his performances vary from solo recitals to crossovers with traditional music, the latter taking him all over the world. He is the son of opera singer Len del Ferro (1921-1992) who worked with many international stars including Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein.

Our guest singer is Claron McFadden. Born in the United States, Claron has lived in the Netherlands for many years. With her highly distinctive voice she moves effortlessly between classical music, improvisation and jazz. Claron has built up an impressive reputation as a concert singer of both traditional and modern repertoire. She has performed with many leading orchestras and appeared in productions of major opera houses such the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, De Nederlandse Opera and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley is a musical pioneer who pushes the boundaries of contemporary genres. He is the chief conductor of Metropole Orkest, with which he was awarded a Grammy Award for Sylva, their lauded collaboration with Snarky Puppy, as well as acclaimed collaborations with: Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Tori Amos, Markus Stockhausen, Michael Kiwanuka, UK house music duo Basement Jaxx. Buckley is also the co-founder the Heritage Orchestra, a flexible chamber ensemble, dedicated to performing new music with a daring approach to crossing and linking musical genres. Ever the musical agitator, Buckley’s work has led to collaborations, recordings and live projects with an astonishing range of musical collaborators including Massive Attack, Arctic Monkeys, John Cale, Emeli Sandé, Caro Emerald, Professor Green and Chilly Gonzales.

Since its foundation in 1945 the Metropole Orkest has reached millions of people around the world and has been honoured with many international awards, including an Oscar as well as multiple Grammy Awards. Most recently it received a Grammy for its project ‘Sylva’ with Snarky Puppy. Renowned for its wide-ranging abilities, Metropole Orkest is a non-classical orchestra that plays all styles from pop and jazz, to world music and film scores. The orchestra has had the privilege to work with great artists like Joshua Redman, Kurt Elling, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Robert Glasper Experiment, John Scofield, Al Jarreau, Laura Mvula, Snarky Puppy, Antony & The Johnsons, Basement Jaxx, Tori Amos and Gregory Porter. The orchestra is a regular guest at (inter)national festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival, BBC Proms, Holland Festival, Robeco Summer Nights and Musikfest Bremen.