The gifted American soprano Denise Young will perform works from her 2018 album, Denise Young, Soprano, with pianist Daric V. Jackson, bassist Noah Garabedian, drummer Leon Joyce Jr., and vocalists John James and Lajuan Carter-Dent. The program will include Songs of Form, co-composed by Ms. Young and pianist Thomas Nickell, featuring words of Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Baldwin, which just received its world premiere at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in April 2019.
Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now
Duke Ellington, Giuseppe Verdi Come Sunday / O Patria Mia
Sting You Will Be My Ain True Love
Sergei Rachmaninoff 14 Romances, Op. 24 No. 14 “Vocalise”
Denise Young, John Lennon Sparrow / Blackbird
Denise Young Nature of Your Pain
American Spiritual Round About the Mountain
Antônio Carlos Jobim Waters of March
George Gershwin arr. Denise Young I Loves You Porgy / Bess’s Lament
Denise Young, Thomas Nickell Songs of Form
Soprano Denise Young is passionate about the human experience in song. Acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and jazz master Henry Threadgill proclaimed “Denise Young is a voice that must be heard.” Her repertoire spans string quartets, symphonies, jazz quartets, professional chorales and solo recitals, and she is known to blend opera, jazz, gospel and classical hues in her performances.
Ms. Young has collaborated with notable musicians such as Grammy-award winning artist Larnelle Harris, Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, Grammy-award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, as well as with the Colorado Symphony and former Secretary of State and concert pianist Condoleezza Rice.
Her first recording, Denise Young, Soprano, a multi-genre musical narrative, was produced by jazz greats Tuck and Patti Andres under the Blue Organza Productions label and released in October of last year; the CD features performances by Grammy-award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, Def Poetry artist Sekou Andrews, renowned jazz duo Tuck Andress on guitar, Patti Cathcart Andress and John James on background vocals, and Juan Escovedo on percussion. Lauded as the “most powerful black woman in Silicon Valley” by Noah Kulwin from Vice News (November 17, 2017), Ms. Young has recently closed out a 22-year career as the head of Global Human Resources for the Apple Corporation, and has chosen to pursue music full-time. She makes her home in the Bay Area. For Ms. Young’s website, please visit: http://www.deniseyoungsoprano.com