I SOLISTI, Jan Michiels
This concert is a celebration of the cross-fertilisation between jazz and classical, both a century ago and today.
After the First World War, many European composers were taken with American jazz. Among them were Bohuslav Martinů, Ervín Schulhoff and Francis Poulenc, who eagerly took inspiration from jazz and used it in a few of their most vibrant chamber works.
In The Duke Story, I SOLISTI combine these pieces with new compositions by Erik Desimpelaere, based on world-famous tunes by one of the most important jazz stars of the 1920s, Duke Ellington.
I SOLISTI is not only a group of excellent wind players, it is above all an ensemble continually on the lookout for programmes and concert formulas that surprise, delight and amaze.
The Duke Story is right up their alley: it’s a musical adventure without boundaries, that sees opposition as opportunity and that connects the best of two worlds.
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Recording by Klara for the program Klara Live.
D. Ellington: Take the “A” Train / In a Sentimental Mood / Prelude to a Kiss / Caravan arr. Erik Desimpelaere
B. Martinů: Sextet
E. Schulhoff: Divertissement
F. Poulenc: Sextet
I SOLISTI unites top musicians who have each built a solid reputation as soloists, orchestral or chamber musicians. A permanent core of about twenty musicians is expanded or reduced depending on the project. The musical heritage of 250 years of wind (r)evolution from Mozart to today is the leitmotiv and is carried out with devotion but also continuously questioned and renewed.
The Duke Story is a musical adventure without boundaries, that sees opposition as opportunity and that connects the best of two worlds.
Pianist Jan Michiels has been known for his very personal and multi-layered approach to the piano repertoire, combining old and new in always changing perspectives. He composes his programs through a continuous dialogue with living music history. As such, Michiels worked closely with composers such as György Kurtág, Karel Goeyvaerts and Kris Defoort.