Pianist and composer Hans Koller draws together the worlds of contemporary classical and jazz for the premiere of his new Jazzlines commission written for an ensemble combining his stunning jazz quartet with six virtuosic players from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Twelve Re-inventions for George Russell combines two theories from two different traditions, realising Koller’s developments in the use of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Theory – the first theoretical contribution to come from jazz – supported by an approach developed by saxophonist John O’Gallagher, for the use of Twelve-tone theory and the music of Webern in improvisational music.
I couldn’t believe how his music could be so intensely chromatic, and at the same time so groovy … Russell has a great way of making a whole bunch of wrong notes sound wonderful … only when I viewed Russell’s concept through the lens of a non-jazz theory [Webern] … that things fell into place. Nothing really ever happens in isolation.
Presented as part of Frontiers Festival.
Hans Koller: Twelve Re-inventions for George Russell (World premiere / commissioned by Town Hall & Symphony Hall as part of the Jazzlines programme) *
Hans Koller: Quartet set
Alto Saxophone: John O’Gallagher *
Piano: Hans Koller *
Drums: Jeff Williams
Double Bass: Percy Pursglove
Oboe / Cor Anglais: Melinda Maxwell
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 7-7.30pm with Hans Koller and John O’Gallagher. Open to all ticket holders.
Please stay after the concert for a post-event Album release party until 11pm in the CBSO Centre foyer.
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CBSO Centre is equipped with adapted toilet facilities, key signposting in Braille and the hall is fitted with an infra-red amplification system (receivers are available on request). Limited free parking can be arranged on request.
Access to CBSO Centre’s concert hall, bar and toilets is all flat, with no steps or ramps. The hall configuration is flexible, meaning we can accommodate specific seating requests.
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