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.
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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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The new album from Kristjan Järvi and The Absolute Ensemble: Bach Reinvented is an off-beat journey from Baroque to Rock to Gypsy Folk and Hip-Hop based on Bach's Two-Part inventions and features acclaimed Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
Founded by Kristjan Järvi in 1993, the Absolute Ensemble is a group of outstanding musicians that break the musical boundaries between different genres and cultures. On Bach Reinvented, the Ensemble uses the famous Bach two-part inventions for keyboard to explore its impact on many musical genres from jazz and rock to pop and folk. Guitarist Gene Pritsker and sax player Daniel Schnyder developed these short pieces into concerto movements where rock, gypsy folk music, Indian rhythms, African beats and electronica meet Bach's Baroque counterpoint.
Also included are Bach's original inventions nos. 1, 4 and 8 played by acclaimed pianist, and leading Bach interpreter, Simone Dinnerstein. The three Bach originals are placed in between the alternative and contemporary versions creating an exciting journey through time. Says Järvi, "We all believe in the universality of music, in its timelessness and freedom from boundaries. Each of us wants to shake off the fetters that have come to bind us over the decades or centuries. Bach never paid any heed to convention; inspiration alone was his guide."