Variations old and new with American jazz pianist Uri Caine

24 February 2016 / News

In March, we’re very much looking forward to joining jazz pianist Uri Caine in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin as part of his ‘Reimagining the Classics’ tour for Chamber Music New Zealand.

The programme includes Uri’s original compositions for piano and string quartet, Jagged Edges and String Theories, along with improvisations on the Allegretto con variazioni of Beethoven's 'Harp' Quartet Op. 74, and the Goldberg Variations of J.S Bach.

First violinist Helene Pohl’s interesting blog post for Chamber Music NZ describes the collaborative process that led to the idea of building a programme around variations and improvisation. Read the post here, and find out why the idea works so well for a ‘jazz meets the classics’ encounter!

In his own blog post, CMNZ Chief Executive Peter Walls describes how he first encountered Uri Caine’s inventive treatment of familiar classics and the powerful impression that made on him:

“In the lead up to his New Zealand tour, I’ve had the chance to talk to him about music. His creative engagement with the classics is quite inspiring. I am so looking forward to his solo concerts and (perhaps even more) to his performances with the New Zealand String Quartet (a superb group that has always been eager to embark on new adventures).”

Booking details for these concerts are here.

Uri Caine with the New Zealand String Quartet: Reimagining the Classics is presented in Auckland in association with the Auckland Arts Festival, and in Wellington in association with the New Zealand Festival.

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