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Sony Music Masterworks has announced the release of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, performed by The Bad Plus. The long anticipated recording arrives in stores and at all leading digital retailers on March 25th.

The Bad Plus — bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King — have a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The past 14 years have seen the genre-smashing band creating a distinctive repertoire of inventive original music, along with a series of iconoclastic covers of such divergent artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. Now, with The Rite of Spring, the trio takes on one of the most influential works of the 20th century, a complex score fraught with revolutionary experiments in rhythm and metre, tonality and dissonance.

In 2010, when commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University and Lincoln Center Out of Doors to create an evening-length work, The Bad Plus were reminded of their previous attempt at tackling a Stravinsky score when they recorded "Variation d'Apollon," from the composer's 1928 ballet, Apollo, on their 2009 release For All I Care. Emboldened by their past achievement, the group translated Stravinsky's notoriously demanding score for piano, bass, and drums. The trio holds fast to the original work — its frenetic tempi, pounding percussion and jarring repetitions an ideal fit for a band well known for its rhythmic ingenuity. Electronic undercurrents in the opening movement — orchestrated by bassist Reid Anderson — are expertly used to conjure Stravinsky's insurrectionary orchestrations, bringing depth and counterpoint to the acoustic foundation. With their rendition of The Rite of Spring, The Bad Plus has managed to uphold the radical spirit of Stravinsky's modernist masterpiece while also furthering their own ambitious approach towards music, a remarkable feat that affirms the trio's preeminence as the one of the most adventurous and imaginative bands of the modern era.

March 2011 saw Duke's Reynolds Theater host the debut performance of The Bad Plus' version of Stravinsky's score, dubbed "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring." The group performed The Rite 13 times in 2012, and then, in 2013 — the centenary year of The Rite of Spring's riotous 1913 premiere at Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Élysées — The Bad Plus toured "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring" to universal acclaim, including performances in Ireland, Canada, Israel, Norway and the Unites States. That same year also saw the trio accompanying the Mark Morris Dance Group at the annual Ojai North Festival for the world premiere of "Spring, Spring, Spring," choreographer Mark Morris' acclaimed new adaptation of "The Rite of Spring" ballet.

Known for their rigorous touring schedule, The Bad Plus has slated a wide array of international live dates through April, including two performances of The Rite of Spring alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Center For The Performing Arts slated for March 14th and 15. They are also confirmed to perform the piece in May in Phoenix, and will soon announce more appearances.


June 2014

21 Ottawa, ON -- Ottawa Jazz Festival *

July 2014

16 La Laguna, ESP -- Teatro Leal
17 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ESP -- Teatro Guiniguada
18 Montalcino, ITA -- Fortezza di Montalcino
19 Salerno, ITA -- Villa Guariglia
21 Geneve, CHE -- Courtyard of the Hotel de Ville
22 Sligo, IRE -- Hawk's Well Theatre
23 Manchester, UK -- Manchester Jazz Festival
25 Souillac, FRA -- Festival De Jazz De Souillac
26 Edinburgh, UK -- The Queen's Hall

August 2014

07 Rockport, MA -- Shalin Liu Performance Center **
08 Great Barrington, MA -- Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center **
09 East Hampton, NY -- Guild Hall **
29 Detroit, MI -- Detroit Jazz Festival **

September 2014

09 Paris, FRA -- La Villette Jazz Festival **
11 Milan, ITA -- Blue Note
22 Seattle, WA -- The Triple Door
23 Seattle, WA -- The Triple Door
24 Portland, OR -- PDX Jazz

October 2014

02 Little Rock, AR -- South on Main
04 Fayetteville, AR -- Starr Theater
18 Durham, NC -- Duke University
23 New York, NY -- NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
24 Ithaca, NY -- The Hangar Theater
25 Wilmington, DE -- World Cafe Live
26 Vienna, VA -- Barns at Wolftrap

* - The Bad Plus perform The Rite of Spring
** - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman