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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

15. October 2012   |   No Comments

The Jazz Baroness

 

Nica Rothschild – photo taken from www.smallscreenscoop.com

She was born in an old Jewish family and grew up in the British aristocracy. Her life was all mapped out; it should have been the conservative and traditional existence of an aristocratic heiress and society girl. She married a French baron, founded a family. Then came WW2, when she decided to send her children to the USA and to fight alongside her husband. She learned to fly Lancaster bombers and later was decorated for her war services and made a lieutnant.

A few years after the end of the war, she heard Duke Ellington’s “Black, brown and beige ” symphony. “I got the message that I belonged where that music was. There was something I was supposed to do. I was supposed to be involved in it some way. I got a really clear message. It wasn’t long afterwards that it happened, that cut out from there. It was a real calling.*


This real calling the Baroness was talking about happened in 1948 or 1949, when her friend Teddy Wilson made her listen to Thelonius Monk’s “Round midnight”. This tune changed her life. She left her family and went to New York, with one single goal in mind: Meet this genius!

Until her death in 1988 the Baroness stayed in New York. She supported many jazz musicians (Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Barry Harris, Art Blakey a.o.) and didn’t care much about segragation laws. She did everything she could to back Thelonius Monk so he could entirely concentrate on music. She even went to jail for him. For several decades she also inspired these musicians. The result is a quite long list of songs written for or inspired by Nica de Koenigswarter (born Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild, 1913-1988).

Here are a few of them:
Sonny Rollins – Poor butterfly

 

Thelonius Monk – Pannonica

 

Horace Silver – Nica’s Dream (here performed by The Jazz Messengers)

 

Kenny Dorham – Tonica

 

Sonny Clark – Nica

 

Thelonius Monk – Bolivar Blues

 

If the Baroness’s story interests you, you should have a look at her biography written by Hannah Rothschild (The Baroness – The search for Nica, the rebellious Rothschild) or watch the documentary directed by the same Hannah Rothschild, entitled “The Jazz Baroness“.

 

Didier

 

* excerpt from “The Baroness – The search for Nica, the rebellious Rothschild”, Hannah Rothschild, Virago Press – p. 144

19. April 2012   |   No Comments

Canada’s Queen of Jazz and the Saxophone Colossus

 

Sonny Rollins photo (c) Sébastien Grébille / Philharmonie Luxembourg

Piano Summit

Drei Pianisten laden zum Gipfeltreffen: Der 1978 geborene Michael Wollny (2011 mit dem Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreis und dem ECHO ausgezeichnet), der 1970 in Helsinki geborene Iiro Rantala und der 1981 in Wales geborene Gwilym Simcock, alle drei beim Münchner ACT Label unter Vertrag, gehören zu den bemerkenswertesten jungen Jazzern Europas.

Diana Krall

Die zahllosen Fans der berühmten kanadischen Jazzsängerin mit der verführerischen dunklen Stimme dürfen sich freuen: Diana Krall, die 2009 mit «Quiet Nights» im Grand Auditorium zu Gast war, präsentiert das Programm ihres lang erwarteten neuen Albums in der Philharmonie. More

19. April 2012   |   No Comments

Canada’s Queen of Jazz and the Saxophone Colossus

 

Sonny Rollins photo (c) Sébastien Grébille / Philharmonie Luxembourg

Piano Summit

Drei Pianisten laden zum Gipfeltreffen: Der 1978 geborene Michael Wollny (2011 mit dem Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreis und dem ECHO ausgezeichnet), der 1970 in Helsinki geborene Iiro Rantala und der 1981 in Wales geborene Gwilym Simcock, alle drei beim Münchner ACT Label unter Vertrag, gehören zu den bemerkenswertesten jungen Jazzern Europas.

Diana Krall

Die zahllosen Fans der berühmten kanadischen Jazzsängerin mit der verführerischen dunklen Stimme dürfen sich freuen: Diana Krall, die 2009 mit «Quiet Nights» im Grand Auditorium zu Gast war, präsentiert das Programm ihres lang erwarteten neuen Albums in der Philharmonie. More

7. October 2011   |   No Comments

Vijay Iyer: “I do try to push myself instead of doing safe things”

Vijay Iyer – photo (c) Jimmy Katz

When speaking of him, articles title “The Wizard of Jazz”, “The inventive Vijay Iyer” or “Iyer is unique in Jazz”. His success is worldwide and he is widely acclaimed by music critics. We are pleased to welcome Vijay Iyer for the very first time on December 13 in the Salle de Musique de Chambre. I had the pleasure to have a little chat with him, talking about Luxembourg, his music and a few more other things.

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6. November 2010   |   No Comments

Sonny Rollins – L’ambassadeur du jazz

“I am a person who thinks about the music first in trying to achieve something musically valid.” (Sonny Rollins)

Quand on pense au Jazz, automatiquement des noms comme Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk ou encore Coleman Hawkins viennent à l’esprit. Et Sonny Rollins bien entendu ! Il a joué avec tous les grands et (…) More

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