The National Concert Hall has recently announced a new schedule of concerts as part of the Perspectives series for this autumn.
Continuing to broaden the musical mind-set with brand new commissions and pushing the boundaries of musical expression in specially curated events, the upcoming Perspectives series boasts a unique line-up of respected artists in interesting collaborations.
The first concert in the series will be Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party, taking place on the 12th August. Celebrating Fats Waller’s achievements in stride piano, this is a high-spirited tribute to the legendary pianist. Moran (pictured above) builds on the original tunes with rhythms from Motown to house to hip-hop. The concert will feature Moran on piano, with Lisa E. Harri on vocals, Leron Thomas (trumpet and voice), Tarus Mateen (bass), and Charles Haynes (drums). “...Moran is shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” – Rolling Stone
The next event in the series takes place on the 13th and 14th of September. Entitled Blood and the Moon: A Provocation on Yeats, this is a unique event curated by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman, also of The Gloaming fame), and devised with the intention of sharing new musical interpretations of Yeats’ poetry. Artists he knows and artists he has never met are gathered to make new songs and music from the work of WB Yeats. Folk, art rock, and classical music meet cabaret and film spanning four decades and three continents to create a provocation on Yeats.
On the 18th November, we will be treated to In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited, a new live homage to the songs and music that feature in the films of David Lynch. Anyone who has seen Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, or Wild at Heart will understand the importance of music to Lynch, be it in creating ambience or conveying the mental states of his diverse and troubled characters. The concert features Stuart Staples (Tindersticks), Jenny Beth (Savages), Mick Harvey (The Bad Seeds), Cibo Matto, Stealing Sheep, Sophia Brousm and Kirin J Callinan.
In a newly commissioned work by Carnegie Hall, The National Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), jazz pianist Brad Mehldau offers his characteristic respect in Three Pieces for Piano after Bach on the 16th December. The programme for this concert also includes pieces from The Well-Tempered Clavier and selected jazz compositions by Mehldau.
Tickets for the Perspectives Autumn series are available online or by contacting the NCH box office. A 10% discount is also available for Friends of the National Concert Hall.
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Lead image via NCH; photo of Thomas Bartlett © Ezra Caldwell via Brassland Records