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Arturo O'Farrill discusses 'Four Questions' with 94.3WOWD - LP

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Interview with WOWD - LP

GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra release their latest recording, Four Questions (ZOHO Music), featuring special guest Dr. Cornel West marks O'Farrill's first album in his famed recording catalog to exclusively include all originally written compositions. Weaving together empowering messages for the times, Four Questions portrays the pioneering pianist as outspoken as ever on the obligation of artists to speak truth to the great injustices occurring across the globe.  

Premiered live-in-concert at The Apollo Theater on May 21, 2016, "Four Questions" will now be available for worldwide audiences to hear on Four Questions with the electrifying Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra joined by Dr. Cornel West as a guest soloist, conductor, and percussionist. O'Farrill's commissioned piece for the Apollo Theater as part of his MacDowell residency took the shape of Dr. Cornel West's speech at Town Hall (Seattle, WA: October 9, 2014) based on his book, Black Prophetic Fire. Four questions posed by the great African American civil rights activist and author W. E. B. Du Bois in his 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folk, are expounded upon by West while O'Farrill and his 18-piece orchestra usher in a jolt of inspiring fury. 

The four essential themes from W.E.B. Du Bois' seminal publication, include: What does integrity do in the face of adversity / oppression? What does honesty do in the face of lies / deception? What does decency do in the face of insult? How does virtue meet brute force?

O'Farrill spoke with WOWD - LP in Takoma MD about the recording. Listen to the attached interview