David Patrick (piano), Dick Lee (clarinet), Sam Coombes (saxophone), Brian Molley (Saxophone), Tom McNiven (trumpet), Martin Zenker (bass), Ole Seimetz (drums)
Stravinsky’s work “Le sacre du printemps / The Rite of Spring” represents a collision of all the developments that were coming to the surface of European culture around 1913. At its first now-famous performance in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a riot broke out among the Parisian audience. Some were offended by Diaghilev’s avant-garde choreography and the dancer Nijinski’s highly stylised movements. Others wanted the shouting to cease so they could hear Stravinsky’s startling dissonant score and enjoy the bewitching costumes and stage set designed by Léon Bakst.
This composition went on to inspire many musical innovations and was described by Leonard Bernstein as one of the most important musical works of the twentieth century. Stravinsky’s work incorporates a reinterpretation of Russian folk songs and it shares some elements of jazz – hence the continuing interest in this piece among many jazz musicians.
This concert will take place during a three-day residency during which David Patrick’s eight-strong international group of musicians will further develop their exploration of Stravinsky´s famous masterwork. They will be joined by local musicians during daytime workshops but everybody is invited to attend the Saturday concert for the seminal piece to be given a jazz work-over. Will there be a riot at Lyth as there was in 1913 at the premier in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées?
“An exhilarating event – a brash and brilliant homage”
David Patrick’s new project takes Stavinsky’s masterwork The Rite of Spring as the starting point for a five-movement suite for jazz octet. The world premiere was given on 29th May 2013, at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland – the 100th anniversary (to the day) of the first performance of the score Debussy described as “Stravinsky’s beautiful nightmare”.
**** The Scotsman
“There have been several jazz adaptations… Precedent doesn’t lessen the triumph…
Patrick channels this orchestral masterpiece into a highly credible and genuinely exciting piece, retaining all the qualities of the original, capturing all the essential phrases with rich voicings. – There were people on their feet after the slamming finale.”
**** Rob Adams, The Herald