NEW RELEASEThe Rite of Spring
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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.
February 201406 Boston, MA -- Sculler's Jazz Club
07 Boston, MA -- Sculler's Jazz Club
08 Albany, NY -- The Egg
22 Buenos Aires, ARG -- La Usina de las Artes
23 Montevideo, UY -- La Trastienda
25 Sao Paulo, BR -- Bourbon Street Music Club
March 201414 Champaign-Urbana, IL -- University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Perorming Arts *
15 Champaign-Urbana, IL -- University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Perorming Arts *
16 Detroit, MI -- Cliff Bell's
19 Bern, CHE -- Bee Flat
20 Bergamo, ITA -- International Bergamo Jazz Festival
21 Madrid, ESP -- Auditorio National
22 Barcelona, ESP -- Nova Jazz Cava
23 Maastricht, NLD -- La Bonbonniere
April 201402 Brussels, BEL -- Palais des Beaux-Arts
03 Amsterdam, NLD -- Bimhuis
05 Rotterdam, NLD -- Lantaren Vester
06 Muri, CHE -- Musig-im-Ochsen
08 Munich, DEU -- Jazzclub Unterfahrt
09 Munich, DEU -- Jazzclub Unterfahrt
11 Russelsheim, DEU -- Russelsheim Theatre**
12 Aschaffenburg, DEU -- Stadttheater Aschaffenburg**
22 New York, NY -- Jazz Standard
23 New York, NY -- Jazz Standard
24 New York, NY -- Jazz Standard
25 New York, NY -- Jazz Standard
26 New York, NY -- Jazz Standard
27 New York, NY -- Jazz Standard
29 Denver, CO -- Dazzle
30 Denver, CO -- Dazzle
May 201401 Albuquerque, NM -- Outpost Performance Space
02 Albuquerque, NM -- Outpost Performance Space
03 Phoenix, AZ -- Musical Instrument Museum
04 San Diego, CA -- The Loft at UC San Diego
05 Los Angeles, CA -- The Mint
06 Los Angeles, CA -- The Mint
08 San Francisco, CA -- SFJazz Center
09 San Francisco, CA -- SFJazz Center
10 San Francisco, CA -- SFJazz Center
11 San Francisco, CA -- SFJazz Center
* - The Bad Plus performs with the Mark Morris Dance Group
** - The HR Big Band featuring The Bad Plus