The all-female supergroup was named Best New Artist in JazzTimes Reader’s Poll 2020
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society (BCJS) will continue its 30th anniversary season with another first for the nonprofit and the City of Baltimore. All-female jazz supergroup, ARTEMIS will give its inaugural Charm City performance, Sunday, May 15, at 5 p.m., at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Named Best New Artist Jazz in the JazzTimes Reader’s Poll 2020 and Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year by the Journalists Association, ARTEMIS conjures a powerful collective voice from six of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz: Renee Rosnes (pianist and musical director), Anat Cohen (clarinetist), Nicole Glover (tenor saxophonist), Ingrid Jensen (trumpeter), Noriko Ueda (bassist) and Allison Miller (drummer).
NPR Music calls ARTEMIS, “a killer line-up of players, composers, and performers who hail from all over the world…
they all converge on this extremely cosmopolitan, sleek, rhythm-forward, modern sound.”
Named after the Greek goddess, “Artemis” – the patron and protector of young girls and the goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity – its members first assembled as a band for a 13-city European Jazz Festival tour in the summer of 2017.
In September 2020, it released a self-titled debut album for Blue Note Records featuring original compositions, written and arranged by the band members.
“Although each individual member of this supergroup is a bona fide jazz titan, these incredible musicians dwell in the rarefied air of bands whose whole is greater than the sum of its already sublime parts,” said Blue Note President Don Was. “Their musical conversation is sophisticated, soulful, and powerful, and their groove runs deep.”
Already featured in Vanity Fair and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, ARTEMIS has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and Ferring Jazz Bistro in St. Louis. The group has extensive touring plans for 2022, including prestigious venues such as the SFJAZZ Center, Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“Artemis offers something exciting, even revolutionary,” said BCJS Chair & President J. William (Bill) Murray. “Their self-titled album has been at or near the top of the jazz charts since its release. We are really thrilled to be the first venue in Baltimore to present this group, which mostly performs at festivals and large concert halls.”