AFFETTO Baroque’n Jazz
Baroque music is freer in character than music composed in the following epochs because of the principle of continuo playing. Here there is room for ornamentation, phrasing and improvisation. Especially in the cantatas and instrumental works of the early Baroque, these elements are much more present. From the Viennese Classical period onwards, ornamental improvisation disappears and exact notation, which prescribes to the performers exactly how the music is to be performed, gains in importance.
From the 20th century onwards, with the emergence of new musical genres such as blues and jazz, new variants of harmony, rhythm and improvisation techniques emerged, which were not, however, written out. In modern jazz, where there is more of a move away from classical harmony and modal improvisations leave more room for the soloist, numerous fusions and further developments emerge in the course of time that continue to this day. For example, the "Baroque Jazz" style developed by the French pianist Jacques Loussier, which adapts compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.
BAROQUE MEETS JAZZ
A jazz quartet meets baroque strings, theorbo and colascione. The mezzo-soprano Laila Salome Fischer, who is specialized in baroque music and has started a steep career in this music field worldwide and is a permanent soloist of the Pera Ensemble, gives this fusion the necessary touch.
A new sound culture that combines yesterday, today and tomorrow in a symbiosis. Sophisticated arrangements with many facets of jazz, as well as a mixture of spherical sounds, filigree swing, electronic DJ interjections and baroque melodies. Improvisation to a baroque Ciaccona, a Monteverdi Lamento accompanied by jazz harmonies.
No, non fuggire by Scarlatti powerfully and passionately staged, arranged with modern rhythms and new sounds, or Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa, softly and sensitively accompanied by a jazz piano and baroque continuo playing. Handel's Vo far Vo far from the opera Rinaldo with virtuoso colleratures, a crystal clear voice sung by Laila, embedded in fiery jazz licks.
With this project, we want to open up new ways to bring classical music with jazz and electronic elements to a broad audience. Both music genres have unfortunately been displaced by pop music and are not perceived by young listeners in particular. Modern grooves with virtuoso accompaniment and soulful and expressive singing by the soprano create new modern worlds of sound that will surely have many snapping their fingers and dancing to it. No dry and boring academic performance; joy of playing, and combining strengths of both worlds as a musical symbiosis. Entertainment in classical music and jazz at the highest level: that is Baroque `n` Jazz
Of course, the special thing about the Pera Ensemble is its connection to the Orient. Improvisation plays a very important role in oriental music. Thus the musical bridge to the baroque but especially to jazz is built. Modal, highly virtuoso improvisations are combined with jazz and baroque length.
A never before heard sound experience awaits us