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Absolute Ensemble and Kristjan Järvi are taking the initiative and are joining forces with acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein to create and track Bach's famous inventions from their not-so-humble beginnings to an entirely new and unique development.
The album includes Tom Trapp's lively “Headless Snowman Encore” as a final track.
Kristjan Järvi designed the Absolute Bach Re-invented concert series in 2012 to showcase the multi-talented ensemble members who are also writers – among others guitarist Gene Pritsker, and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder.
Bach's famous inventions take an off-beat journey from Baroque to Rock through to Gypsy Folk and Hip Hop.
In their performance of what Järvi calls "music without borders," Absolute Ensemble weaves together numerous music genres, and ensemble members not only compose their pieces, but are often called upon to improvise during performances.
The Bach Reinvented concert tour featuring pianist Simone Dinnerstein took place in 2012 and included performances in Toronto, Ontario, New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Austin, Texas.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
Invention No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
Gene Pristker: Reinventions (Piano Concerto)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
Invention No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
Daniel Schnyder: toopART Reinventions
Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV 779
Invention No. 8 in F major, BWV 779
Tom Trapp: Headless Snowman
“Here is a disc whose eclectic references make its classification elusive. Classical, jazz, crossover, rock, big-band, world music? It has elements of all. I think it's rather special...a sophisticated, stimulating entertainment.”
“it's a measure of how Bach is still widely regarded as relevant and, whatever one might feel about these efforts, the originals abide, unharmed and unbowed...the ensemble playing is vivacious, punchy and commendably tight.”
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