Grammy award-winning Jazz saxophonist improvises to famous paintings

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Ted Nash plays a jazz flute improvisation based on his artistic interpretation of Wilfredo Lam’s The Casting of the Spell at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Photo credit: Carolina Starin

Ted Nash took home several Grammys in 2017 for his compositional work on presidential speeches. Now, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra saxophonist lets famous art lead his musical inspirations.

Nash’s musical methods for interpreting art began several years ago with his album with Wynton Marsalis called “Portrait in Seven Shades,” which drew inspiration from several MOMA masterpieces including ones from Chagall, Dali, Monet, and Pollock.

Nash was recently at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to share this process with some local musicians during a week-long workshop with selected local musicians.

KCRW recently met him and his flute among the collection of famous paintings at the museum to hear his musical improvisations based on a few of the museum’s artistic compositions.


Henri Matisse,
Pont Saint-Michel, ca. 1901. Oil on canvas. SBMA, Bequest of Wright S. Ludington. Photo credit:  Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris


Wilfredo Lam,
The Casting of the Spell, 1947. Oil on burlap. SBMA, Gift of Wright S. Ludington. Photo credit:  © Wifredo Lam / Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris

Credits

Guest:
Ted Nash - Jazz saxophonist

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Carolina Starin