In Our Time: Cecile McLorin Salvant
Thu 10/29 • 3PM PDT
In Our Time is an ongoing series of wide-ranging conversations with artists whose creative lives and work have left an indelible mark in music, arts and culture globally. In Our Time was conceived by the longtime President of Nonesuch Records, Robert Hurwitz whose unique history with each of the artists adds perspective and insight.
Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as “a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.” Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk traditions from around the world, theater, jazz, and baroque music. She is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor.
Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010 and she has received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her three latest albums, The Window, Dreams and Daggers, and For One To Love; she awas nominated for the award in 2014 for her album WomanChild.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of a French mother and Haitian father, Salvant started classical piano studies at five, sang in a children’s choir at eight, and started classical voice lessons as a teenager. She received a bachelor’s in French law from the Université Pierre-Mendes France in Grenoble while also studying baroque music and jazz at the Darius Milhaud Music Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France.