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cresc... Biennale für aktuelle Musik

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Every two years, the festival »cresc ...« brings together top-class cultural institutions from the Frankfurt and Rhein-Main regions and presents a broad spectrum of contemporary music. With the topic »Human_Machine« this time the focus is on the relationship between man and technology. Taking up this theme, the concert offers a variety of encounters: avant-garde and jazz meet, symphony orchestra and big band, minimalism and classical tradition. John Adams' »Harmonielehre« plays with the title of Schoenberg's textbook of the same name, evokes martial machine fantasies such as medieval mystical visions, and brings together techniques of minimal music with the world of late romanticism and impressionism. Among other things, this work is juxtaposed with a new big band composition by Eve Risser and a new piece by jazz and house producer Matthew Herbert.

Frankfurt Radio Bigband + Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Eve Risser & Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

Thursday, February 13th & Friday, February 14th 2020

20.00 h

Frankfurt

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Do you have sounds?

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Hast du Töne?
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When professional musicians show their instruments in details, it is for shure an exciting musical experience for all children. On several dates in the season 2019/20 a different group of instruments of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony or the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is in the focus. The musicians of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band present the instruments of a jazz orchestra and their typical ways of playing in February. To add there will be the music mediator Heike Kopp-Deubel who gives the children a playful approach for this performances. After the concert, the children have the opportunity to try out the instruments themselves under guidance. The free offer is aimed at children of the last two years of kindergarten and elementary school students.

Thursday, February 27th 2020

09.30 + 11.00 h

Frankfurt

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Echoes of Ellington

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You could say we missed his 120th birthday. The opposite is the case: We want to congratulate the 1899 born Duke Ellington always and every year. The career of musical late bloomer, who only discovered his true talent as a musician when he was a teenager and then went on to pursue a career as a composer and bandleader, is second to none. Ellington's art resonates to this day in orchestral jazz. We want to trace the effects with a special concept: four concert halves on two evenings, in which four different arrangers from different musical perspectives will explore the work of the »Duke«. Both evenings will be led by Chief Conductor Jim McNeely.

Echoes of Ellington - Part I

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On the first evening of »Echoes of Ellington« his music sounds in the works of the arranging team Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase as well as those of Jim McNeely's. Alexander von Schlippenbach already has experience in the visionary revitalization of jazz classics: Under the title »Monk's Casino« he has reinterpreted and recorded the complete works of Thelonious Monk. »Finally Ellington,« said Jim McNeely, regarding arrangements for this program. Our chief conductor, who has hitherto omitted Ellington in his work with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, now turns to one of his great role models and brings his music into the present with his fine way of writing for a large jazz ensemble.

Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano
Aki Takase, piano
Jim McNeely, conductor

Thursday, March 19th 2020

20.00 h

Frankfurt

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Echoes of Ellington - Part II

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On the second evening, with arrangements by Miho Hazama and John Beasley, there are two other, very personal approaches to listening to the music of Duke Ellington. Miho Hazama is from Tokyo and now lives in New York. She is one of the extraordinary talents of the younger jazz scene and has worked as a composer and arranger with renowned ensembles and orchestras - such as the Danish Radio Big Band and the metropolis Orkest Big Band. With her own ensemble »m_unit« Miho Hazama won the »BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize« in 2015. The American John Beasley has already presented his program »Thelonious Monk 100« with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, for which he received a Grammy nomination. The American jack-of-all-trades has not only made a name for himself as an arranger and bandleader, but also as a keyboarder for Miles Davis or Freddie Hubbard and as a film music composer.

Jim McNeely, conductor

Friday, March 20th 2020

20.00 h

Frankfurt

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Ed Motta

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»AOR« - three letters that connoisseurs of Ed Motta's music will immediately associate with him. It’s the name one of Motta's most important albums, and the acronym stands for »Adult Oriented Rock«. The press celebrated »AOR« as »the best album Steely Dan has never recorded.« Ed Motta is a real disco soul prodigy from Brazil. His breakthrough came in the eighties with the title »Manuel«. A piece that secured the »Colossus of Rio« a permanent place in the Soul's Hall of Fame. The self-confessed record collector (his inventory includes more than 30,000 LPs) comes to Germany for another encounter with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Opposite him on the podium is a good friend and also a welcome guest of the ensemble: the Swede Magnus Lindgren.

Ed Motta, vocals & keys
Matti Klein, keys
Magnus Lindgren, conductor

Thrusday, March 26th 2020

20.00 h

Aschaffenburg

Stadttheater Aschaffenburg

Friday, March 27th 2020

20.00 h

Rüsselsheim

Theater Rüsselsheim

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