East-West

Zakir Hussein and Aruna Sairam at the Ojai Music Festival 6/11/17

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The ground-breaking tune of that name by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, released in 1966, was a blending of  the Indian raga form with rock, jazz and blues inspired by John Coltrane’s “modal” jazz, also based on Indian music. The Sunday afternoon concert of the Ojai Music Festival was also an East/West…

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Late Night, at Length

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The Late Night concert which followed on Saturday was a mixed bag starting with the Brentano String Quartet and baritone Davone Tines performing a moving “Amazing Grace.” The quartet then turned to Bach’s last great work, “The Art of the Fugue.” They were then joined by Mr. Iyer for his quasi-improvisational “Time, Place,…

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A Nite of Rites

Steven Schick & members of ICE perfom Strvinsky's "Rite of Spring" - Ojai Music Festival 6/10/17 Libbey Bowl

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Saturday evening at the 2017 Ojai Music Festival and Libbey Bowl was filled with lots of color and revelry, sacred and profane. Things got off to a rousing start with a vigorous arrangement for 12, by Cliff Colnot, of Stravinsky’s history-changing “Le Sacré du Printemps.” Members of ICE, under the baton…

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Saturday, Hither and Yon

Tyshan Sorey & ICE performing "Autoschediasms for Creative Chamber Orchestra" - the Ojai Music Festival 6/10/17 Libbey Bowl

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First up for the Saturday Afternoon Concert: The Brentano String Quartet’s trip from Mozart’s 1783 “Quartet in Eb Major, K428” to Vijay Iyer’s 2011 “Mozart Effect,” written for the Quartet from a fragment of an unfinished work by Wolfgang. In between those two pieces they made a side trip to György Kurtág’s 2005 “Moments Musicaux” in six…

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