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14. October 2016   |   Comments Closed

Jazz meets avant-garde

Igor Stravinsky (photo: Richard Avedon)

Igor Stravinsky (photo: Richard Avedon)

Do you ever stumble upon a blog post or press article only to hear about the same topic over and over again in the following days? This piece of information that had never crossed your mind is now seemingly everywhere, turning into a motif of your everyday life. That’s what’s happened with Stravinsky this week. More

9. May 2014   |   No Comments

Time well wasted #23

Who's scared of opera? (photo: Eric Chenal)

Who’s scared of opera? (photo: Eric Chenal)

When it rains it pours. It was true on Wednesday when we happily queued at the Food Truck and it has been true all week with the subscription requests. Concert-wise the week only just started yesterday with the OPL’s first collaboration with Gustavo Gimeno. Tonight we have two concerts (sold out!), then we’ll have children’s concert all weekend (sold out!) and on Sunday we’ll have the Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin with Jonas Kaufmann as soloist (there are tickets left, come see us!). We sure won’t feel lonely this week. If YOU find the time to sit quietly with a cup of tea, then you should definitely check out links below. More

25. February 2014   |   No Comments

Pop et sax: ça s’en va et ça revient (pas de chance)

Kenny G

Kenny G

Haaa, le saxophone! La richesse et la chaleur du son, le jazz, la liberté: telles sont les premières choses qui nous viennent à l’esprit quand on pense à cet instrument. On le voit briller dans la pénombre d’un bar enfumé, bar forcément situé dans une cave. More

25. February 2014   |   No Comments

Pop et sax: ça s’en va et ça revient (pas de chance)

Kenny G

Kenny G

Haaa, le saxophone! La richesse et la chaleur du son, le jazz, la liberté: telles sont les premières choses qui nous viennent à l’esprit quand on pense à cet instrument. On le voit briller dans la pénombre d’un bar enfumé, bar forcément situé dans une cave. More

12. March 2013   |   No Comments

Don’t be afraid of Bird

It is beyond doubt that Charlie “Bird” Parker had genius. He was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz and, next to Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Christian and Thelonius Monk, one of the key figure in the development of bop. A legendary, dazzling personality in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he has inspired whole generations of jazz musicians and composers.

Charlie Parker died way too young on March 12, 1955 at the age of only 35 (the coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker’s body to be between 50 and 60 years of age), in the hotel suite of his friend and patron the Baronness Pannonica Rothschild, debilitated by alcoholic cirrhosis, stomach ulcer and pneumonia. How would jazz have evolved, had he lived longer? We’ll never know.

In his “Jazz Guide“* (a must-have book!) , Brian Morton writes : “Even at his most dazzlingly virtuosic, Parker always sounds logical, making light of asymmetrical phrases, idiosyncratically translated bar-lines, surefooted alternation of whole-note passages and flurries of semiquavers, tampering with almost every other parameter of the music – dynamic, attack, timbre – with joyous arrogance.  (…) bop has become the dominant idiom of modern jazz and Parker’s genetic fingerprint is the clearest.

On March 20, we’ll host a concert with British jazz pianist Django Bates in our series “2 x hören“, a concert that will be dedicated to Charlie Parker. Bates devoted his 2010 album “Beloved Bird” to Parker, which makes him the ideal dialogue partner to talk about the genius sax player, but also about improvisation and jazz in general.

Didier

* The Penguin Jazz Guide – The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums
Brian Morton & Richard Cook
ISBN 978-0-141-04831-4

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