November 2007 - February 2008
/ Guitar / Saxophone / MarimbaVibe / Trombone / Piano / Percussion
Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
Not intended as solo concertos in a strict, classical sense, these compositions, even though perhaps technically difficult, were not conceived as primarily virtuosic gymnastics, and therefore do not ask the near-impossible from the soloists just for the sake of demonstrating technical prowess. I prefer to simply think of them as pieces of music, some completely notated, some involving improvisation, that happen to feature the unique sound of a particular instrument combined with the individuality of the soloists.
a way, some forty years later, these concertos represent a return to as
well as a re-thinking of the original concept of my work with the Jazz
Composer's Orchestra, the soloists now from contemporary new music (non-improvising)
as well as from new jazz and rock (improvising/ freely interpreting),
supported by a classical, though musically flexible, chamber ensemble.
- Michael Mantler
ECM press release
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