New York, February 14, 2020 — The Brooklyn Orchestra will give its inaugural gala for the 2020 season on Friday, March 13th at 7:30 pm at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Purchase Tickets

Brooklyn Orchestra’s Artistic Director, Olivier Glissant, is dedicating the 2020 season to music of the Americas. For the inaugural gala, the Brooklyn Orchestra — fresh from its performances at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations and the Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris — will perform the world premiere of a new orchestration of “Aguas da Amazonia” by Philip Glass and two of Glissant’s tone poems, “Echaurren (Sketches of a Continent)” and “Egyptian Nights.”

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The Brooklyn Orchestra was founded by composer/conductor Olivier Glissant, who is also the founder of music label Blacksalt Records. The Brooklyn Orchestra is devoted to modern works in the orchestral repertoire, in an effort to bring great music from past and present to all generations. It is also developing a discography which includes Glissant’s First Symphony, the first of many upcoming recordings that reflect the orchestra’s mission: presenting works by contemporary, active composers.

“Brooklyn has a rich history and is now entering its second decade of cultural revival further enriching New York City offerings. Brooklyn has experienced a surge in artistic activities: venues multiplied in all fields, drawing ever more outsiders towards Brooklyn’s cultural life. Inspired by the distinguished tradition of “the orchestra” in Brooklyn, from such institutions as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, led by Dennis Russell Davies, to all the ensembles that contribute today to the musical life of the city, the Brooklyn Orchestra is proud to be part of this movement and play a role in the orchestral scene — especially at Roulette Theater near the beating heart of Brooklyn at Atlantic and Flatbush” says Glissant.

Upcoming concerts for the season include the “Brazilian Suite” based on music by guitarist/composer Guinga on June 12 and more events in the fall. The orchestra is also developing a chamber music series dedicated to South American composers from the 20th century such as Astor Piazzola, Ernesto Nazareth, Hermeto Pascoal, and Egberto Gismonti.


The Brooklyn Orchestra is a symphonic ensemble dedicated to new music, striving to focus on contemporary composers. Created in 2015 by composer/conductor Olivier Glissant, the group was conceived to fuse genres of music that rarely meet on the classical stage and to bring music from multiple cultures to the orchestral repertoire, in an effort to make symphonic music accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.


Based in Brooklyn, NY, Olivier Glissant is a composer, conductor, producer and founder of Blacksalt Records. He created the Brooklyn Orchestra in 2015. Glissant spent his childhood in his native Martinique, then went on to study piano in Paris before moving to the US. His influences are many, including South American, Caribbean and African music, as well as European classical music. This brought him to collaborate through the years with Philip Glass, Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vinicius Cantuaria, Pete Seeger, John Zorn, Tico da Costa, Thiago Thiago de Mello, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yasmin Levy. He more recently conducted his own creations with the Brooklyn Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations in New York, and in Paris in the Panthéon-Sorbonne's Cour d'Honneur, and is currently working on new electronic and chamber pieces, a solo piano record and two operas, "Six Scenes from Paradise", which will premiere in the USA in 2020, and "Concert Baroque", based on the novel by Alejo Carpentier.