Congratulations to Associate Professor of Jazz Michael Orta and Assistant Professor of Jazz Jamie Ousley, who received a Latin Grammy nomination for the CD, “Bossa Nova Sinfonico.” The CD also won the “Best CD of the Year” at the prestigious 2014 Brazilian Press Awards.
The CD features the incredible talents of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica as well as vocalist Rose Max, guitarist Ramatis Moraes, pianist Michael Orta, bassist Jamie Ousley, drummer Carlomagno Araya, and maestro Jeremy Fox. Its 2013 premiere in Costa Rica was quickly followed by a whirlwind tour throughout Central America, Mexico, and the United States. Last January, South Florida audiences were treated to a performance at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center featuring these local favorites alongside the FIU Symphony Orchestra.
According to Michael Orta, “The objective of the making of this CD was to share Bossa Nova and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s music with the rest of the world. The music of Jobim is timeless and classic, and to bring it together with the Symphony Orchestra from Costa Rica was a perfect combination. To receive both a Grammy nomination and to win the Brazilian Press Award, along with my colleague Jamie Ousley, is an honor.”