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The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

Fresh from play­ing all of Bach’s 48 pre­ludes and fugues, Michael Hous­toun will per­form Bach’s Pi­ano Con­certo in D Mi­nor a month later in a ver­sion that’s never been heard in New Zealand be­fore.

Jazz im­pre­sario Rodger Fox has se­cured the Cal­lum Au big band ar­range­ment of the cel­e­brated Bach pi­ano con­certo while in Cal­i­for­nia this month.

Hous­toun has wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to play it with the Rodger Fox Big Band at an­other unique and mu­si­cally ground­break­ing event at The Globe on April 22 and 23.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from globe.the­atre.co.nz for the two sought-af­ter con­certs.

The first Hous­toun/Fox con­cert series in 2015 was so pop­u­lar that the stand­ing ova­tions per­suaded the mu­si­cians to plan an­other tour this year.

‘‘This is an­other con­cert crafted es­pe­cially for pi­ano and big band. It’s a to­tal cre­ation for our­selves,’’ Fox says.

‘‘For too long there’s been a di­vide be­tween the gen­res of clas­si­cal and jazz. We’re now ad­dress­ing that and push­ing the bound­aries in mu­sic.’’

As well as Bach, the pro­gramme will in­clude mu­sic from Prokofiev with three ar­range­ments and com­po­si­tions from in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed jazz com­poser and ar­ranger Bill Cun­liffe.

The idea for the first con­cert came by chance when both Michael and Rodger were play­ing sep­a­rate gigs in Christchurch three years ago. They had an im­promptu meet­ing and de­cided to keep in email and phone con­tact.

They quickly re­alised they were on the same mu­si­cal page and ar­ranged their first in­no­va­tive con­cert the fol­low­ing year. They’re still on the same page and have agreed to a five cen­tre New Zealand tour in April/May, 2017, cul­mi­nat­ing in Welling­ton on May 11.

Last year the Rodger Fox Big Band toured with the NZSO in a very pop­u­lar con­cert series to prove that clas­si­cal and jazz mu­si­cians can adapt to each other’s world.

"We had two au­di­ences who came to­gether to en­joy both jazz and the classics and I firmly be­lieve they’ll do the same this year," Fox says.

"Michael came fully pre­pared last time and we’ll be on top of our game when the series be­gins."

The Rodger Fox Big Band with guest artist Michael Hous­toun and spe­cial guest, jazz vo­cal­ist Erna Ferry per­form at The Globe on April 22 at 8pm and April 23 at 2.30pm. Book at globe.the­atre.co.nz.

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