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'Jazz In The Classics' with Yukiko Shinohara (piano)

Thu May 7th 2015, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


J.S.Bach: intro:- Prelude No. 1 in C major

Prelude Non 2 in C minor  / "Bach à la Jazz" arr: Matt Herskowitz

(from book one of Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’)

G. Gershwin:- Three Preludes 

M. Ravel:- Valse nobles et sentimentales (first five) 

G.S.Ligeti:- Etude No.8 ‘Fem’ 

S.A.Gubaidulina:- Piano Sonata 2nd movement 

A. Rosenblatt:-  Paganini Variations 

N.G.Kapustin:- Sonata Fantasy 4th movement

 "I don’t like classical music" some say when, in reality, they are listening to it all the pop renditions borrowing famous (or not so famous) themes, in advertising, programme intros, film music and various other computations. Jazz, by definition, is improvised music but classical composers have been using its harmonic structures and rhythms for some time now. In fact from the roots of what we call ‘classical’ music it has been more of a progression than a separate musical genré. Because of Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and myriad other greats,  we have them to thank for Gershwin and other composers and arrangers. Yukiko plays for you a concert of contrasting styles from the 18th century to modern times where we can identify ‘classical’ and ‘jazz’ as needing no other title than 'music'.

Artist info:-

Yukiko Shinohara

Yukiko Shinohara was born in Ibaraki, Japan and studied at Tokyo Metropolitan Senior High School for Fine Arts and Music. She came to England to study at Goldsmith’s College (University of London) and later at Trinity College of Music, London. She also studied in Frankfurt, Dartington, Darmstadt, Salzburg and Nice. She performs both as chamber musician and soloist in Japan, U.K, Belgium, Holland, France, Greece and Spain. She has appeared at St George’s previously as leader of Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex's ‘ eight hands on two pianos’ group 'Inzpir8tion'. On November 7th 2013 at St George's Yukiko and Yuki Negishi marked a triumphant debut with the four hands on two pianos duo '4Tune' for the AJSW for which she holds the position as an advisor and Honorary Patron

NB:- The ‘Jazz in Classics’ premier marks Yukiko’s solo concert debut at St George’s.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1865 - 1750 )   was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motovic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.  As well as an inspiration for other classical composers such as Gounod for his Ave Maria, countless jazz musicians have adapted his compositions perhaps the most famous being the ‘Play Bach’ Jaques Loussier Trio originating in the 1960’s. 
George Gershwin (1898 - 1937 ) progressed from the pop music of his day to classical music of which ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is the most famous. It was a commission by Paul Whiteman (known as ‘The King Of Jazz’) for his jazz orchestra. ‘Three Preludes are short piano pieces by him which were first performed by the composer  at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1926. Each prelude is a well-known example of early-20th-century American classical music, as influenced by jazz.    
MauriceRavel (1875 - 1937 ) In post-war Paris, American musical influence was strong. Jazz particularly was played in the cafes and became popular, and French composers including Ravel were applying jazz elements to their work. On a USA tour he met  George Gershwin in New York and went with him to hear jazz in Harlem, probably hearing some of the famous jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington. There is a story that when Gershwin met Ravel, he mentioned that he would like to study with the French composer. According to Gershwin, the Frenchman retorted, "Why do you want to become a second-rate Ravel when you are already a first-rate Gershwin?"
György Sándor Ligeti  (1923 - 2006)  was a Hungarian composer of contemporary classical music He has been described as "one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century" and "one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time".Born in Transylvania, Romania he lived in Hungary before emigrating and becoming an Austrian citizen. Ligeti's music is best known to the general public for its use in the films of Stanley Kubrick. The soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey includes excerpts from four of his pieces:                         
Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina (b 1931 )  was born in Chistopol in the Tatar ASSR.  Her music was deemed "irresponsible" in Soviet Russia, due to its exploration of alternative tunings. But Dmitri Shostakovich encouraged her to continue down her "mistaken path". However she was allowed to express her modernism in various scores she composed for documentary films and also composed the score to the well-known Russian animated picture "Adventures of Mowgli" (a rendition of Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book"). In the mid-1970s Gubaidulina founded Astreja, a folk-instrument improvisation group. In 1979, she was blacklisted as one of the "Khrennikov's Seven" at the Sixth Congress of the Union of Soviet Composers for unapproved participation in some festivals of Soviet music in the West. The two composers to whom she experiences a constant devotion are J.S. Bach and Webern.
Alexander Rosenblatt was born in Moscow in 1956 and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory as a pianist and composer. As well as classical compositions Rosenblatt has also written a great deal of theatre and circus music, as well as numerous small pieces, songs, choral compositions, etc. His music is played by many well-known Russian musicians and conductors. In 1999 the Second State TV Channel (RTR) produced a film based on Bobrin's adaptation for ice of Rosenblatt's Ballet ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’, a work that incorporates 80 themes from world classics and has been performed in its original version in France, Italy, Switzerland, and North Korea. Very much a jazz enthusiast, Rosenblatt has worked as a composer with O. Lundstrem's Big Band, and as arranger for American musicians In November 1990, US audiences were introduced to his "Variations on a Theme of Paganini" in a performance by D.Ratser. He is also an Honorary Patron of the AJSW.
Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin (1937) is a Russian composer and pianist. At the age of 14 he moved to Moscow for formal classical music studies. During this time he composed and played his Op. 1; a Concertino for piano and orchestra. The Op.1 was a jazz piece;  his first work performed publicly (1957). He also had his own quintet and was a member of Yuri Saulsky’s Big Band. After graduating in 1961 at the Moscow Conservatory, he became a member of the Oleg Lundstrem Big Band (as did Alexander Rosenblatt later) who performed several works of the composer. Nikolai Kapustin is a classical composer who happens to work in a jazz idiom. He fuses these influences in his compositions, using jazz idioms in formal classical structures. An example of this is his Suite in the Old Style, Op. 28, written in 1977, which inhabits the sound world of jazz but is modelled on baroque suites such as the keyboard partitas composed by J. S. Bach, each movement being a stylized dance or a pair of dances in strict binary form.

Venue: St George’s Bristol


 St George’s Bristol (Photo: rbrwr@Flickr)

St George's Bristol was built in the 1820s and was originally known as the church of St George's Brandon Hill. When the church fell into disuse in the 1970s, it was taken over by a group of local music enthusiasts who turned it into a popular concert venue. The building was extensively refurbished in 1999, and has established itself as one of the country's leading venues for a diverse range of musical genres.

It is situated not far from Bristol Cathedral, a short walk from Park Street. The entrances are on Great George Street (Box Office entrance) and Charlotte Street (disabled access).

Visit the St George’s Bristol website for more information.

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