The Ice Siren

icepatchEvery Sunday, the man leaves roses for his dead lover. One spring afternoon, an ethereal voice lures him downward, into the crypt…

The Ice Siren, composed by John Ellis with a libretto by Andy Bragen, is a through-composed hour long musical narrative piece, a “jazz opera” in development. It debuted as part of the Jazz Gallery’s Large Ensemble Composers Series on May 29 and 30, with sets at 9pm and 10:30pm. Dark, funny and surreal, The Ice Siren marks Bragen and Ellis’ second collaboration, the first, Dreamscapes, having premiered at the Jazz Gallery in December 2007.

Performers include John Ellis (saxophone/clarinet), a rising star in the jazz world who’s released five albums as a leader, and played and recorded with dozens of jazz and pop luminaries including Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Bilal, and John Pattutucci. Miles Griffith (vocals) was lead male vocalist on Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer prize winning jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields. And Gretchen Parlato (vocals), winner of the prestigious Thelonius Monk competition, has recorded with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Lionel Loueke among others.

The Dreamscapes Ensemble
John Ellis – saxophones/woodwinds
Hiroko Taguchi – violin
Olivier Manchon – violin
Corrina Albright – viola
Christopher Hoffman – cello
Tim Collins – vibes
Mike Moreno – guitar
Marcus Rojas – tuba
Daniel Freedman – percussion
Miles Griffith – voice
Gretchen Parlato – voice.

Download complete May 30th
2nd Set audio, here.
Or listen to individual sections:
I. Graveyard Visit (8:35)
II. Heaven or Hell (12:45)
III. Melusina’s Siren Song (9:54)
IV. She Shows her Face (5:28)
V. Little Man (6:18)
VI. Cold (11:13)
VII. Entombed in Ice (7:31)

View concert program here.