Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tap Dance World Premiere

Today Colin Currie gives the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s percussion concerto, Tapdance. He performs with the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble under the baton of Reinbert de Leeuw at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as part of their ZaterdagMatinee series. “The large ensemble has 18 players plus strings and produces a ghostly recollection of the slow jazz blues from the 1950s and ’60s, with particular reference to the music of Horace Silver. The trajectory of the piece is the opposite to what you might expect: it moves from energy to melancholy, and is something of a homage to the Percussion Concerto by Milhaud, where positive vigour is increasingly supplanted by sadness and desperation – a very intriguing approach.” More info about the piece here.

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