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The Bridge Chamber Music Festival Adds Jazz
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:01pm
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival has been turning up the heat in the classical music scene this week, but new this season are some cool jazz performances to add to the musical soirée, the first of which is Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Laura Caviani will be performing at Carleton College’s Concert Hall, and on Monday, August 26th, the group Snowblind will chill things out to complete the jazz series as part of the week-long music festival.
“We're very excited to bring two jazz programs to our audiences this year,” said Artistic Director David Carter. “Laura Caviani is a wonderful jazz player, with a classical background to bring both worlds together in a unique way,” said Carter.
Bridging the gap between the two genres, Caviani has created a repertoire called “From Bach to Bop” that explores the artful musical compositions of jazz arrangements stemming from classical pieces. Caviani will be joined by David Hagedorn, vibes; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey on drums.
“There will be some classical things for people that are used to that but with a jazz treatment,” said David Hagedorn, who has been an instrumental part of the jazz dynamism in town and is an artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College where he teaches percussion, jazz studies, and world music. Hagedorn was thrilled when Carter approached him wanting to explore adding more musicians and representing jazz in a “bigger way” through the festival.
Caviani, who is a composer and performer in addition to a freelancer and teacher at both Carleton College and St. Olaf College, has produced several CDs. Her works have been described as “stunningly fresh” by JazzTimes magazine.
“Friday night’s program is some practical pieces from my childhood retooled for improvisation in a jazz setting,” said Caviani. Some of the pieces include works by well-known composers such as Shubert, Schumman, Bach, Fauré, Stravinsky and Gershwin.”
Carviani expressed, “How lucky I feel to work with these fine musicians that are adept at bridging this gap between classical and jazz.”
“Good jazz depends on chemistry between players, just as good "classical" chamber music does,” added Carter.
For more information on the Bridge Chamber Music Festival, visit BridgeChamberFestival.org. Tickets are available for the general public for only $5 and are available at the door. Find the Festival on Facebook and Twitter @BridgeChamber.
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 15th season, August 20-27, in Northfield, MN. The annual concert series is held at various venues and dates over a week's span in the picturesque college town and is host to distinct talent ranging from young artists to internationally known chamber musicians. New this year will be the addition of jazz performances. For more information, visit bridgechamberfestival.org.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.