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THE ORCHESTRA SUITES PROJECT

September 5 - 7, 2019
Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria

Since the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update and Comment C'est projects (both presented as well as recorded at Porgy & Bess in 2013 and 2016 respectively) Michael Mantler continued working on orchestral reinterpretations and further re-processing of older works, very selectively choosing material for more "updates" of different musics that were particularly dear to him (so to say "the best of …") and that he finds should have a new (and different) life. Most of it has never been performed live, nor in these new orchestrations, now for a larger orchestra, to be conducted by Christoph Cech, consisting of 4 woodwinds, 3 brass, 16 strings, marimba/vibraphone, and additional soloists Michael Mantler (trumpet), Bjarne Roupé (guitar), Harry Sokal (saxophone) and David Helbock (piano).

What will amount to basically new compositions and orchestrations will include suites based on material from the following original recordings:

Thirteen  (1975)
Alien  (1985)
Folly Seeing All This  (1992)
Cerco un Paese Innocente  (1994)
Hide and Seek  (2000)
For Two  (2010)

Mantler has always considered himself an "orchestral" composer, even when (mostly economical) circumstances dictated smaller ensembles (at times down-sized to the absolute minimum, such as the duets of Alien and For Two). As with the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update, these new pieces should again present an entirely new view of some of his life's work. The performances will be recorded for a future CD release.

Because of the size of the orchestra, audience space will be somewhat limited and early reservations are recommended to secure admission.



 
 
 
latest CD RELEASE on  ECM Records
COMMENT C'EST
ECM 2537
 
   
 

music and words by Michael Mantler

with Himiko Paganotti (voice)
Michael Mantler
(trumpet)

and the Max Brand Ensemble
conducted by Christoph Cech

more information here



 

 

previous CD RELEASE on ECM Records
 
THE JAZZ COMPOSER'S ORCHESTRA UPDATE
ECM 2391
 
    
 

music by Michael Mantler

with the Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band
conducted by Christoph Cech

and soloists -


Michael Mantler  (trumpet)
Bjarne Roupé  (guitar)
Wolfgang Puschnig  (alto saxophone)
Harry Sokal  (tenor saxophone)
David Helbock  (piano)

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Bernie Mallinger  (violin)
Igmar Jenner  (violin)
Cynthia Liao  (viola)
Asja Valcic  (cello)

more information
here


 
 
 
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