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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JC Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm ¤15/¤12 triske­larts­cen­tre.ie Cor­mac Larkin

The first acts to play the re­vamped venue for­merly known as Club­land in­clude Nathan Carter, Bagatelle and Paul Van Dyk, so there really is some­thing for ev­ery­one in the au­di­ence. Van Dyk is the Ber­lin­born trance su­per­star who had a long run in the sta­di­ums and big are­nas be­fore those venues be­came the norm. He’s still pro­duc­ing new mu­sic; his lat­est release, Pol­i­tics of Danc­ing 3, fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tions with the likes of Um­met Oz­can, Tri­cia McTeague, Ja­hala, Pa­trick Droney and many more. Might Nathan Carter fea­ture next time out? JAZZ Back to Bacharach: Phil Ware/Ian Shaw/An­ders Bergcrantz BACH RE­COM­POSED Brad Mehldau: Af­ter Bach Brad Mehldau’s love af­fair with Ir­ish au­di­ences con­tin­ues in the Na­tional Con­cert Hall on Wed­nes­day night.

The great US pi­anist first toured Ire­land as an un­known back in the early 1990s, and he has been re­turn­ing reg­u­larly ever since. Now ac­knowl­edged as the most in­flu­en­tial pi­anist of his gen­er­a­tion, Mehldau is one of the few bona-fide stars of the con­tem­po­rary New York jazz scene.

With his lat­est release – a mam­moth 4 CD box-set of his solo per­for­mances culled from the past 10 years – earn­ing breath­less praise on both sides of the At­lantic, Mehldau’s stock has never been higher, but even so, this Wed­nes­day’s con­cert is a bold move.

This time, Mehldau pro­poses to drill down into the very bedrock of the clas­si­cal reper­toire, in re­sponse to a joint com­mis­sion by the Na­tional Con­cert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Three Pieces Af­ter Bach will fea­ture brand new com­po­si­tions from the pi­anist, in­spired by cer­tain of Bach’s pre­ludes and fugues, as well as selections from the great com­poser’s Wel­lTem­pered Clavier, which have been part of Mehldau’s prac­tice rit­ual for years.

A unique blend­ing of gen­res at the hands of one of the great in­stru­men­tal­ists of the con­tem­po­rary era.

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