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  • Iris Ornig Releases “Storyteller”

    Iris Ornig Releases “Storyteller”

    Bassist and composer Iris Ornig has just released her third solo album, entitled Storyteller. The record features a quintet with Jonathan Powell on trumpet, Jeremy Powell on tenor sax, Addison Frei on piano and Allan Mednard on drums. Raised in Germany and currently based in New York City, Ornig’s blend of European tradition with American... »

  • Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

    Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

    Gigs tend to dry up for bassists during the winter months (besides holiday work), making it the perfect time to start composing new music for the spring. Whether you’re a seasoned composer or just starting out on the bass, writing music will help you grow as a player and musician. We compiled some advice from... »

  • Iris Ornig Releases “No Restrictions”

    Iris Ornig Releases “No Restrictions”

    Bassist/composer Iris Ornig has followed up her 2009 debut with the release of her second album, No Restrictions. The album, performed by Ornig’s own quintet, features eight straight-ahead, contemporary jazz originals and two covers, exploring “Brazilian music mixed with the more straightforward American-European jazz traditions”. Ornig is a veteran of the New York music scene... »

  • Interview with Iris Ornig

    Interview with Iris Ornig

    You may remember that we recently featured New Ground by bassist Iris Ornig. Iris has been kind enough to take the time to share a bit about herself and her music. Originally from Germany, she is now a working musician in New York City where she frequently plays in some of the hottest jazz bars... »

  • Review: Iris Ornig’s New Ground

    At the end of June we posted a player-watch notice for Iris Ornig and her CD New Ground. Now we want to give you an in-depth review of why we originally recommended her. Ornig is “a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer.” New Ground was released March 3rd, 2009 and features original... »

  • Player Watch: Iris Ornig

    Released in March 2009, jazz bassist Iris Ornig’s New Ground is worth checking out. The album showcases Ornig’s melodic compositions with Yoshiro Okazaki (trumpet), Daisuke Abe (guitar), Danny Grissett (piano) and Tony Jefferson (drums). Preview the album: Widgets Be sure to visit Ornig’s home page. »