Monday, April 2nd, 2012Brain Dance named Best of 2011
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012Highlights
2011 ended in a busy fashion for Cross-Fade and included fantastic performances at Cornelia Street Café, the Stone and of course the Cuneiform Records Festival, Cuneifest, in late November. They received another great New York Times Jazz Listing for their Cornelia Street Café performance. "Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-Fade (Saturday) As on his sharp recent album, “Brain Dance” (Cuneiform), Mr. De Rosa, a bassist, features his own complex music for an ensemble of fellow searchers: Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Vijay Iyer on piano and Tommy Crane on drums." (Chinen). And, a Time Out New York listing & Critics Pick for their Stone performance. In addition, a Jazz Times article about Cuneifest features a review of their performance as well as some other great Cuneiform artists.
Speaking of Jazz Times, Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade: Brain Dance was featured on the Jazz Community: Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2011 by JT contributor Scott Albin and also Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2011 featured Brain Dance as well.
Amir El Saffar/Two Rivers Ensemble – Inana is a wonderful recording that Carlo played on that was featured in AllMusic’s Favorite Jazz Albums of 2011.
He was also part of a performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal that was featured on John Kelman's list of Best Live Shows of 2011. The show was June 29 with the Rudresh Mahanthappa / Bunky Green Apex band.
In December, He went to Cuba for the first time to perform at the 27th Havana Plaza Jazz Festival with the Arturo O'Farrill Trio. They also played at the US Interests Section Jazz Party in conjunction with the Festival.
2012 began with a world premiere performance of Karl Jenkins's "The Peacemakers" at Carnegie Hall on Martin Luther King Day! It was also the US premiere of his piece “The Wooing of Etain”. Carlo was a featured soloist on both pieces playing the 5 string fretless electric bass. "The soloists: Rob Derke, Carlo De Rosa and Joseph Mulvanerty, performed and improvised with technical brilliance." -Anthony Aibel for New York Concert Review Inc.
After starting the new year with a bang, he went on tour with actor/singer Danny Aiello in Florida during the last week of January. Right after getting back he went into the recording studio with Shimrit Shoshan and legendary jazz drummer Charli Persip. In Mid-February he was part of an amazing performance with Tango legend Pablo Ziegler's quartet with special guest Stefon Harris. The concert was titled "Tango Meets Jazz" and they went onstage to a full house at Macky Auditorium at Colorado University in Boulder.
Other events include a recording with Chembo Corniel & Grupo Chaworo in late February as well as some performances with Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble at the Philadelphia Arts Alliance and the Jazz Standard.
Friday, September 16th, 2011Highlights!
After the release of Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade - Brain Dance on Cuneiform Records this past January, the album has received many great reviews both in the US and internationally including 4 stars from the London Financial Times. Carlo has also been busy with many other projects and performances.
In late June he performed at the Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals with Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green's Apex band and garnered the following quote in a review of the Montreal concert: "De Rosa — whose Cuneiform debut, Brain Dance, was released earlier in 2011 and is clearly getting him some attention... his solos demonstrated both lithe dexterity and tangential thinking, finding ways to move out of the box while ultimately finding his way back in." - John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com
Another exciting piece of news is the use of his music in an anti-fracking commercial that was recently featured on NPR. The video includes celebrities Zoë Saldana, Nadia Dajani, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Charles, Ethan Hawke and Amy Ryan. Check it out!
The most recent performance with Cross-Fade was at Cornelia Street Café in July and was a great success thanks in part to a wonderful New York Times listing: "Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-Fade (Friday) As on his sharply dynamic recent album, “Brain Dance” (Cuneiform), Mr. De Rosa, a bassist, features his own complex music for an ensemble of fellow searchers: Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Vijay Iyer on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums." (Chinen)
Carlo played on three other great albums released this year including:
Benjamin Drazen: Inner Flights (Posi-Tone)
NYJazz Initiative: Mad About Thad (Jazzheads), which recently received 4 stars in Downbeat magazine.
Amir Elsaffar: Inana (Pi Recordings)
In late August, Carlo did a series of concerts in São Paulo, Brazil with 2011 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards Percussionist of the Year, Bobby Sanabria and his Quarteto Aché. The concerts were a huge success!
Other upcoming events include a Mid-west tour in late October with alto saxophonist David Bixler's Auction Project featuring Arturo O'Farill. They're 2010 ZOHO Music release was also awarded 4 stars in Downbeat.
He will be appearing with pianist Shimrit Shoshan's trio along with drummer Eric McPherson, as part of a residency at Fat Cat in NYC throughout this Fall.
Friday, July 22nd, 2011Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade at Cornelia Street Café!
Sets @ 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Mark Shim/Vijay Iyer/Carlo De Rosa/Marcus Gilmore
Featured in Hot Flashes by Paul Blair
Hot House July 2011
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