18.05.13 8pm, King's Place, N1 9AG; £14.50; £9.50 (online)
Prelude and Groove : J.S. Bach and the organist’s daughter
David Gordon harpsichord
Evelyn Nallen recorder
Oli Hayhurst double bass
Tom Hooper drums
Respectable Groove’s unique blend of baroque and jazz music has won over critics from both the jazz and early music press. After the phenomenal success of the group’s take on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, the group’s latest project is a quirky and surprising – and at times moving and hilarious – look at the music associated with baroque music’s presiding genius.
In the first part of the concert, the group play original compositions paraphrased from some of Bach’s keyboard preludes – where all structural features are retained, and all other aspects are changed – to create new pieces. Interspersed with these will be improvised fugues – in which suggestions from the audience for subjects are welcomed – and radical re-workings of pieces by JS Bach and his family.
It’s common knowledge that as a 20-year old brilliant organist, Bach walked half the length of Germany to meet the great Buxtehude in Lubeck. What happened while he was there is less well documented. Bach and the organist’s daughter is a semi-dramatised musical account of his adventures, featuring some of the folk tunes he learned which inspired his work – including the Goldberg Variations – a recreation of the young Bach’s ‘audition’, his encounter with the woman in question, and the musical backdrop to an extraordinary and formative episode in Bach’s life.
‘Not just a matter of adding jazz rhythms to a baroque original… dramatic sensation, unusual atmosphere and fresh improvisation’ Alyn Shipton, The Times
‘If you like ground-breaking, cage-rattling recordings, this is for you.’ Early Music Today