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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.