A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country’s biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

A big band from Brazil has developed a unique, jazz-influenced take on a holiday tradition. Maestro Spok and his 17-piece crew present an adventurous program at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Soul Creole On World Cafe

The young band, led by Grammy-nominated fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet, fuses Cajun and Creole sounds in a wild, boundary-blurring mix.

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

Jazz’s highest-profile competition recently crowned a new victor in a star-studded gala. But for the Thelonious Monk Institute, competition is only a small part of its desire to be back out West.

Meredith Monk On Q2’s ‘Spaces’

The composer and singer describes her own sound as “folk music from another planet.” Q2 visits the Tribeca loft that’s been home to Monk’s white-hot creative energies for more than 40 years.