The 67th Festival will feature the work of Lou Harrison, John Luther Adams, Terry Riley, and much more. Click here to listen to excerpts from the 2013 program >>
The Bad Plus are known for challenging the boundaries of genre – one of their latest projects has been the multimedia On Sacred Ground, a jazz arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Watch excerpts of their Lincoln Center performance below:
While they won’t be performing the full multimedia version at Ojai in June, The Bad Plus will be playing their arrangement during the Thursday Night Concert (June 6, 2013) and again at Ojai North! (June 13-15, 2013).
2013 Music Director and noted American choreographer Mark Morris discusses his creative process, his relationship with music, and a few of his projects.
If you live in Los Angeles, there is really only one classical music station that you tune to—the inimitable 91.5 KUSC. And when you grow up listening to KUSC, artist names quickly become familiar, even without your realizing it. For me, one of those names was the pianist Marc-André Hamelin. So you can imagine my anticipation when I heard he was coming to Ojai in June. However I realized that despite having heard his recordings many times, I actually knew very little about Hamelin. So, in preparation for his Ojai debut, we’ve found five things you may (or may not) know about Hamelin:
- Montreal-born Hamelin is an incredibly virtuosic pianist, known for his breadth of expression and astonishing technical ability. If you need proof, here’s a video of him performing Triple Etude d’Apres Chopin, where he plays three Chopin A minor etudes…simultaneously.
- In an interview with Ethan Iverson, Hamelin noted that the first recording he bought for himself was of Ives’ Concord Sonata when he was 13. It has since become something of a signature piece for him…and he’ll be playing it on Thursday night in Ojai.
- He is also a talented composer—his recording of his own compositions, Hamelin: Ètudes brought him his ninth Grammy Nomination and first prize from the German Record Critic’s Association
- He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (National Order of Quebec).
- Hamelin has achieved the near-impossible: he has managed to make the Nokia ringtone almost bearable, with his very own Valse Irritation d’après Nokia.
Needless to say, we’re looking forward to meeting Hamelin and hearing him play in person. He will be performing throughout the Festival weekend, both solo and with his friend and long-time collaborator Music Director Leif Ove Andsnes, playing works by John Luther Adams, Ives, Berg, Bolcom, and Stravinsky. Click here to see his concerts and buy tickets to the 2012 Festival.
Ah, collaborative friendships…sometimes two minds really are better than one. From Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to Spock and Captain Kirk, the “bromance” is alive and well in all areas of popular culture. But they aren’t just for movies or books…if you know where to look, bromances can be found in the world of music as well.
For instance, take pianists Leif Ove Andsnes of Norway and Marc André-Hamelin of Canada, who are prolific collaborators on stage and good friends off it. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video as they prepare for a rehearsal of Stravinsky’s arrangement of Rite of Spring for two pianos as part of Risør in Brussels last year…you’ve got to love the debate over which piano to take!
As both artists mention in the video, the piano arrangement offers a different interpretation of the regularly-heard orchestral version, and may not even have been intended for concert performance. Luckily for us, Andsnes and Hamelin are going to bring the dual piano version–and their rehearsal antics–to Ojai for the Sunday Night Concert. We hope you’ll join us and help welcome one of the bromances of the music world to the Ojai Music Festival in June 2012!
Long known as a promoter of new composers and modern music, the recent Dawn Upshaw collabroations with Donnacha Dennehy are so right as to seem almost inevitable. Earlier this year, Ms. Upshawn joined Mr. Dennehy and the Crash Ensemble in Dublin for a performance of his new works. The album they produced together “Gra Agus Bas” comes out on May 3. For an advance review and music samples, check out the NPR story here.