Iris Ornig Reimagines Michael Jackson At Marlboro’s Falcon

Sources: Live at The Falcon | All Things Michael


Bassist and composer Iris Ornig is one of the most original female voices on today’s New York jazz scene. Since her arrival in New York City in 2003 from Germany, she has played with an impressive roster of some of the City’s most influential contemporary jazz musicians, including Gretchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joel Frahm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Michael Rodriguez, Rebecca Martin, Allison Miller, Sachal Vasandani, Helen Sung, Marcus Gilmore and Dan Tepfer, among others.

Iris Ornig is a huge fan of Michael! He was a master of his style, and a supremely creative dance innovator. Iris created arrangements of Michael’s hit songs, honoring his creative spirit through jazz – twisting tunes, shifting rhythms, exploding arrangements and exploring new harmonies,  challenging herself as a musician, composer and arranger. Her goal was to interpret Michael’s music, honoring the “King of Pop,” as a jazz artist.


Iris’s latest CD, “No Restrictions”, has earned extremely positive reviews from Downbeat (one of the Best Albums 2013), Jazziz, All About Jazz, and The New York City Jazz Record, to name a few.

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