Jazz trio The Bad Plus is making an extra stop in St. Louis this year. In addition to their January performance at Jazz at the Bistro, the group will be in town September 30th through October 3rd as part of Jazz St. Louis' Residency Series.
Jazz enthusiasts will be able to hear The Bad Plus discuss their work at various events, as well as listen to them perform with members of the St. Louis Symphony.
"This is a very special project that focuses on different types of activities with the crown jewel being the ferocious re-scoring of Stravinsky’s 'The Rite of Spring' by The Bad Plus," said Jazz St. Louis Director of Education Philip Dunlap.
In addition to improv and original music, The Bad Plus is known for deconstructing songs from other genres, including classical.
They began working with Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' because of the rock potential in the piece's "angular rhythms," said Ethan Iverson, pianist for The Bad Plus.
"It allows for a lot of 20th century innovation," said Iverson.
In a venture outside the norm, members of the St. Louis Symphony will be performing with The Bad Plus, including bassoonists and trumpet players.
St. Louis Symphony programs manager Maureen Byrne said to expect a multi-sensory experience, with different colors and moving images projected on a screen in coordination with the music.
"'Rite of Spring’ was written as a ballet," said Byrne. "This isn’t going to be a concert where you come in and just listen to the music."
Jazz St. Louis Residency Series, Featuring The Bad Plus
September 30 - October 3, 2013
Various times, various locations
For more information call 314-289-4030 or visit the Jazz St. Louis website.
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