The Chicago River – Press

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JUNE 14, 2019 – CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s “The Chicago River,” was first commissioned by the Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series and premiered as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Rivers Festival in 2013. Composed by Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Orbert Davis, this is the second full-orchestra release for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the final of its ‘Trilogy Recordings Project,’ including “Sketches of Spain” (2014) and “Havana Blue” (2016).

“The Chicago River” recording is a five-movement suite which Davis considers quintessential ‘Third Stream,’ the blending of classical and jazz. Davis’ use of orchestral tapestries, coexisting within soulful improvisation, covers a multitude of moods, emotions and character. The DVD cinemagraph features historic glass plate images from the photobook by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond. Brought to life by Davis’ works, the moving images transport the viewer back in time during the turn of the 19th Century, when Chicago reversed the direction of its river.

The reversal of the flow of the Chicago River is one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, and greatly improved the city of Chicago’s sanitation and public health while also having less positive consequences on the natural environment and cultural landscape for other parts of the region. “Tourism and commercial development along Chicago’s riverfront are at an all-time high,” added Birdie Soti, CJP’s Executive Director. “Our hope is that this release will inspire conversations for both Chicagoans and visitors enjoying the Riverwalk, and that it also inspires conversations with our neighbors across the region who were also affected by the river’s reversal.”

Davis was captured by the notion that the river’s geography didn’t change, but everything around it did. “When you look at the river, you see the water and the river itself, but even more so we see the reflections in the river that change over time. I make musical connections to the aspect of reflecting," says Davis.

Produced by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram for Orbark Productions, “The Chicago River” is slated for release Monday, June 17th on 3Sixteen Records. The CD/DVD will be available at 3Sixteenstore.com and through all major digital distributors.


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A musical cinemagraph set in Third Stream. Produced by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram for 3Sixteen Records. A division of Orbark Productions, LLC. (Running time: 40:26)


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Artistic Director Orbert Davis leads Chicago Jazz Philharmonic during the May 2013 performance of "The Chicago River" at Chicago Symphony Center. (Photo: Michael Jackson)

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Artistic Director Orbert Davis conducts Chicago Jazz Philharmonic during the May 2013 performance of "The Chicago River" at Chicago Symphony Center in front of a projected cinemagraph. (Photo: Michael Jackson)

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic principal reed man Steve Eisen solos during the May 2013 performance of "The Chicago River" at Chicago Symphony Center. (Photo: Michael Jackson)

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic founders Orbert Davis (second from left) and Mark Ingram (far right) are pictured with "The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond" authors Michael Williams (far left) and Richard Cahan (second from right) (Photo: Michael Jackson)

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Orbert Davis' orchestral composition, performed by Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, inspired by photographs from The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond, which documents the historic reversal of the Illinois River at the turn of the 20th Century.

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