Tales: A Folklore Symphony was recorded live in concert at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Tales is the first of a series of Carlos' orchestral compositions to be released by the NSO on its own label, with the full compendium Four Symphonic Works being released later this year, marking the first full-length record of Simon's orchestral works.
Tales: A Folklore Symphony is a four-movement piece for orchestra that explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturist stories. The work was commissioned by the Sphinx Organisation for its 25th anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
I am beyond thrilled with the release of my symphonic works with the National Symphony Orchestra—my orchestra, my family. To have my music performed, recorded and released by such a world class ensemble is truly a dream come true, and I am so proud and confident to know that the best musicianship and artistry has been brought to this recording. Thank you to Maestro Noseda, the NSO staff, and each and every musician for how you have brought it to life here.
National Symphony Orchestra
I. Motherboxx Connection
II. Flying Africans
III. Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)
IV. John Henry
Further information about this work, including composer's notes and a perusal score, can be found here.