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Absolute Ensemble: Bio

Absolute Ensemble is conductor Kristjan Järvi's celebrated chamber band from New York City.  Founded in 1993 when Järvi was a piano student at Manhattan School of Music, Järvi's uncanny prescience for the future of classical music led him to create a band so unique that the American Record Guide claims it "may well be the most alluring and virtuosic… of today's new music groups."  An ebullient mix of jazz, classical and world music played with virtuosic flair, Järvi's group of musical omnivores creates each project from start to finish, restoring the composer/arranger/performer synthesis and flavoring each concert with spontaneity and musical charisma. 

Absolute tours the globe extensively while maintaining its New York presence and a European base at Musikfest, Bremen.  Absolute Ensemble has released eleven albums and has been awarded the German Record Critics Prize, a Grammy nomination and the Deutsche Bank Prize for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. 

1 Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772  
2 Reinventions (Piano Concerto); I  
3 Reinventions (Piano Concerto); II  
4 Reinventions (Piano Concerto); III  
5 Reinventions (Piano Concerto); IV  
6 Reinventions (Piano Concerto); V  
7 Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775  
8 toopART Reinventions; Part I  
9 toopART Reinventions; Part II  
10 toopART Reinventions; Interludium  
11 toopART Reinventions; Part II  
12 toopART Reinventions; Cadenza  
13 toopART Reinventions; Part IV  
14 toopART Reinventions; Part V  
15 toopART Reinventions; Part VI  
16 Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779  
17 Headless Snowman Encore  
Absolute Bach Re-Invented
This is Absolute Ensemble (Absolute Zawinul / Bach / Arabian Night / Tango)

From genre-defying conductor Kristjan Järvi, the youngest member of the famed conducting family --  and with the brilliant artists of his Absolute Ensemble, and acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein - comes BACH RE-INVENTED, on Sony Classical. The CD is part homage to J.S. Bach's time-honored and treasured Two-Part Inventions Nos. 1, 4 and 8, and part explosion into more modern musical spheres. On BACH RE-INVENTED, Kristjan Järvi and his outstanding collaborators have a vision for what "invention" means when one considers Johann Sebastian Bach. Says Järvi, Bach "was not a normal composer. He was an inventor [who] created a platform on which it is possible to leave one's own horizon far behind. Each and every musician can find riches in him. Bar none."

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