Renowned New Mexico artist Deborah Samuels – “Desert Orchid contains the best of what the southwest is all about. Lovely and filled with such grace!”
“I’ve been exploring a variety of Spanish influenced themes with 2018 Grammy nominated violinist Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne of jazz musician Jane Bunnett’s, all-Cuban women’s ensemble, Maqueque." - Bill King
Last year, under banner The Uprising we saw the release of Isle of Saints – a contemporary mix of Cuban rhythms and 70s’ style fusion jazz. Over the holidays the ranchero style single arrived, “Amarga Navidad” with OKAN – the band guided by Rodriguez and Savigne. Also, in the mix, Cuban virtuoso Pablofsky Rosales on guitar,” says pianist/composer Bill King.
Desert Orchid mixes Spanish roots with chamber music, a most unusual marriage of genres. One moment, the performance seems as if you were shaded by a porch and basking in a hot summer’s wind, the other; at a concert hall listening to sophisticated ensemble.