In commemoration of the widely anticipated confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the 111th Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, a unique tribute is being composed. Arturo O'Farrill (right), leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra once led by his father, the legendary Cuban trumpeter and bandleader Chico O'Farrill, is being commissioned to create an original work of music to honor Judge Sotomayor.
NPR's jazz blog A Blog Supreme interviewed O'Farrill this week:
A Blog Supreme: What is it about her life story that inspires your compositional ideas?
O'Farrill: Her decision to forgo the trappings of commercial law and devote her life to public defense and interpretation of law. Clearly, she could be a very successful and wealthy person, and instead chose a life of public service. We need more heroes like her.
A Blog Supreme: How do you express legal concepts through music?
O'Farrill: Music is all about law and the flexibility of it. We make rules in music theory that are constantly expanding and progressing. This shows that human interpretation of right and wrong, like chromatic possibilities, is constantly reinventing itself.