STEGREIF.orchester (photo: Roman Novitzky)

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Beethoven goes Jazz

The STEGREIF.orchestra and the Jazzrausch Bigband are two young ensembles with an irrepressible desire to make music which crosses a variety of genres. One ensemble calls itself an improvising symphony orchestra, while the other cultivates a big band sound with the energy of techno. Both are united in this concert by the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, which each ensemble interprets in its own way, gives it its own spin, and takes it as the starting point for its improvisations. The guest star is the Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren.

STEGREIF.orchester

Nils Landgren trombone

Jazzrausch Bigband

David Fernandez stage direction, choreography

Andreas Harder light design

Beethoven Remix

STEGREIF/Ludwig van Beethoven

#bfree – Connecting European Cultures through Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

STEGREIF.orchester, David Fernandez stage direction, choreography, Andreas Harder light design, Nils Landgren trombone

Traditional

Kristallen den fina

Jazzrausch Bigband, Nils Landgren trombone

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”

Leonhard Kuhn, Jazzrausch Bigband, Nils Landgren trombone

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie Nr. 7 A-Dur op. 92. 2. Satz. Allegretto (Arrangement für gemischte Ensembles von Leonhard Kuhn)

Leonhard Kuhn, Jazzrausch Bigband, Nils Landgren trombone

Leonhard Kuhn

Sonate f-Moll

Jazzrausch Bigband, Nils Landgren trombone

Curated by Siggi Loch

Dates and Tickets

Sat, 21 Aug 2021, 20:00

Philharmonie

Programme

Two current trends on the jazz scene can be observed at this special evening of Beethoven in the Philharmonie Berlin: on the one hand, the rediscovery and meaningful implementation of classical music beyond earlier crossover or third stream paths – which is only logical in light of the fact that most young jazz musicians first train classically. On the other, a renewed appetite for large ensembles, thus tying into the big band era, which ended in the 1940s and 1950s more for economic reasons than artistic ones.

Trombonist Roman Sladek’s Munich Jazzrausch Bigband is a perfect example of both. Founded only five years ago, it has evolved into what is currently perhaps the most successful jazz orchestra in the world with two groundbreaking techno jazz programmes, as well as with various other experiments, from a rap soul project to a [sic!] Bruckner project. In the meantime, they perform a good 120 times per season – including as headliner at many important festivals. Last year they were the first German big band to be invited to New York’s Lincoln Center, and they also toured China and Africa.

While the Jazzrausch Bigband is moving from jazz towards Beethoven, the STEGREIF.orchester from Berlin, founded by horn player Juri de Marco as an association, is moving in the opposite direction. Whether with Schubert, Brahms or their initial #freebeethoven project, which can be heard here – the 30-member ensemble is attempting to bring the symphonic heritage into the orchestral present with free arrangements that incorporate elements of other genres.

The special guest of this evening is trombonist Nils Landgren, also very well-known in Berlin, who seems predestined for this evening, not only as a prominent figure in European jazz, which also builds on its own classical tradition, but also as a big band member for many years and an experienced conductor.

STEGREIF.orchester (photo: Roman Novitzky)

Jazzrausch Bigband (photo: Marcus Schroepfer)

Nils Landgren (photo: Sebastian Schmidt)

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