Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse at Wiener Konzerthaus
Not just a jazz concert, but an original song cycle for the composer herself and a 13-member chamber ensemble awaits the audience with “Ogresse”, a work by the exceptional artist and Grammy winner Cécile McLorin Salvant: “A dark, mysterious fairy tale about the balance between love , life and death that ends on a mountain full of snakes and flowers…” This is how Cécile McLorin Salvant summarizes the story of “Ogresse” in a few words. In its final version, the extensive project that she has been developing for several years will take the form of an animated film produced together with the Belgian director Lia Bertels; Until its completion, “Ogresse” will be performed in a concert version. The unusual work premiered in September 2018 at the renowned Metropolitan Opera in New York and has since been performed in several major US and European concert halls. Cécile McLorin Salvant is not only the author of the libretto and composer, but also the main interpreter and illustrator. For several years she has developed a talent as a draftsman – those who are curious can find a selection of her drawings on her website. And she also designed the costume that she wears during performances of the work herself.