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.
Together is a 10-track project that collates and celebrates the multifaceted layers of Carlos Simon's personality, upbringing, and musical understanding, featuring original compositions, improvisations, and arrangements. The album features performances from Carlos as well as some of his closest friends and collaborators, highlighting the joy of shared music-making. Together was released on September 8, 2023 on Decca Classics.
"Arguably the most important commission of Simon's career so far", brea(d)th is a moving, yearning, admonition for repair. This live recording of the work's world premiere performances features commissioners Minnesota Orchestra, conductor Jonathan Taylor Rush, and the work's librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
On his Navona Records debut, composer Carlos Simon masterfully combines influences from jazz, gospel, and neoromanticism. MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT incorporates spoken word and historic recordings to craft a multifaceted program of musical works that are inspired as much by the past as they are the present.