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Uri Caine solo + Nautilus

Exciting that Uri Caine, one of the most imaginative pianists around, is coming to play an intimate solo concert. In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.

The double bill is completed by German bassist Robert Lucaciu’s band Nautilus, celebrating their new album on Two Rivers Records.

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.  

His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.

Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones ,Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Bootsie Barnes, Bobby Durham and Grover Washington. He attended the University Of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with  George Rochberg and George Crumb.  Since moving to New York in 1985, Caine has recorded 30 albums as a leader. A new trio cd, Calibrated Thickness (816Music), with Mark Helias and Clarence Penn has just been released.  Space Kiss (816 Music), an upcoming  cd with the Lutoslawski String Quartet features new compositions for piano and strings.  Recent Cds include Sonic Boom with Han Bennink (816 Music 2013), Rhapsody in Blue (Winter and Winter 2013) and Callithump (Winter and Winter 2014). He has recorded projects with his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Verdi, Schumann and Bach.  He also leads an acoustic trio that has made several recordings including Live at the Village Vanguard (Winter and Winter)as well as his electric Bedrock trio.  He was nominated for a Grammy for the OthelloSyndrome (Winter and Winter) in 2009.

    Caine has received commissions to compose music for the American Composers Orchestra, The Arditti Quartet, The Vienna Volksoper, Concerto Koln, The Basel Chamber Orchestra and The Beaux Arts Trio among others. His most recent orchestra composition “Sunburst” was performed in June 2016 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Other recent compositions include  Jagged Edges,a piano quintet written for The Afiara String Quartet ,The Passion of Octavius Catto composed for the Philadelphia Orchestra and gospel choir celebrating the life of murdered civil rights leader Octavius Catto,and Hamsa composed  for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.From 2006-2009 he was the Composer in Residence for The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  He has performed his version of The Diabelli Variations with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Caine was the Director of The Venice Biennale in 2003.

    During the past several years Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Sam Rivers, Barry Altschul, The Woody Herman band and the Master Musicians of Jajouka .  He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Foundation and The USA Artist Fellowships. He has performed at many festivals including the North Sea Jazz festival,the Monterey Jazz festival,the Montreal Jazz festival and the Newport Jazz festival as well as classical festivals like the Salzburg festival,the Munich Opera, Holland Festival, IRCAM and Great Performers at Lincoln Center.  He lives in New York City with his wife Jan.

The four band members organize the overall sound so symbiotically that one almost forgets these are different individuals with appropriately different backgrounds. The typical way jazz musicians intrinsically negotiate who plays what and when and how much of a solo here or there – none of that is present here. At every point of time, the music is about the common share of the whole. Nevertheless, the four here have different things in their luggage, all of which they give to the music. Above all, Lucaciu points to the experience of making music. Jürgen Friedrich and Hayden Chisholm are a bit older than Philipp Scholz and Robert Lucaciu. They resolve their different compositional approaches, however, collectively in improvisation. “The differences do not matter,” says Lucaciu. “This slow exploration and microscopic research in general are much more important than anything that divides us.”
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