Nigel Kennedy Meets Beethoven

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Date(s) - May 19, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Victoria Hall


Price (CHF): From 26.-


Nigel has taken advantage of the cessation of his activity during the last two years: a biography (in English and German), a new CD “Uncensored” and new programs. He therefore arrives with suitcases full of sounds.

Still in the company of Bach, Nigel has developed a program around Krisztof Komeda and Ryuichi Sakamoto. I won't introduce Sakamoto: you all know “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”. Komeda is less familiar to us, yet cinephiles (and feminists) know him well, since he composed the soundtracks of Polanski's first films: Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac, Le Bal des Vampires, Rosemary's Baby. A great jazzman, an excellent pianist, who unfortunately died too early, his style is imbued with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, whom he loved at the same time. Captivating melodies, mixture of instruments and voices, instrumental combinations close to free jazz, his mastery of music allows him to apply his technique of composing jazz pieces to film themes and sought-after atmospheres.

For those who do not yet know Nigel Kennedy: he is the enfant terrible of the violin, the bad boy of classical music. A violin prodigy, he was discovered and launched by the famous Yehudi Menuhin. During his studies in New York, he discovered the jazz, rock and punk scene: he then played with Grappelli, Ponti, and quickly with Robert Plant (Led Zepplin), Kate Bush, Paulo McCartney. Recently, it was with Richard Galliano , during a memorable concert at Luna Classics, that he offered some memorable musical moments.


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