Friday, March 25, 2011

Press release for The Bad Plus Stravinsky show at the Loring

The Bad Plus by Cameron Wittig

Bonnie Marshall of the American Composers Forum is in Durham, NC this weekend for the premiere of this event at Duke University. I'll get the lowdown when she returns. Meanwhile:

Press Release: The Bad Plus comes to Loring Theater with
“Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring”
For Immediate Release

The Bad Plus follows the March 26 world premiere of “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring” with two performances at Loring Theater May 20 and 21, 2011.

In the band’s ten years together, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King have become one of the most talked about groups in jazz today thanks to uncompromising artistic vision and dazzling chops. Over the course of nine albums, the band became famous for its spellbinding covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the Pixies’ “Velouria” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” not to mention a deep catalog of original compositions written by each band member. Now the trio returns with its most audacious move yet: “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.”

As the title suggests, these intrepid music voyagers will reinterpret one of the most famous ballets ever written. Making its world debut 98 years ago this May, Stravinsky’s ballet caused a riot (or so the legend goes) in Paris due to the shockingly primal and violent style of the dancing and heavily rhythmic nature of the score, which drew heavily upon Russian folk music with harmonies that were downright dissonant. Working on this Duke University/Lincoln Center commission for more than a year before its premiere, the band radically transforms the music as it bridges classical and jazz and rock. The music will be accompanied by a multimedia presentation by architect Cristina Guadalupe and filmmaker Noah Hutton.

About Loring Theater
Loring Theater is a modern day variety house providing diverse audiences with an eclectic mix of entertainments. Built in 1920 as a silent movie and vaudeville house the theater returned to its original name in its 90th year.

Concert Details
May 20 and 21, 2011
Doors at 7:00pm, Music at 8:00pm
Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door
Loring Theater
(612) 353-6781

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