Brad Mehldau tests the improvisational limits of Bach’s music tonight at Koerner Hall

Last night the 21C Music Festival debuted in front of a packed Koerner Hall in Toronto.

It was a triumphant evening for music, led from stage by the Kronos Quartet. I will be back with a review because many exciting pieces were premiered.

Tonight (8 PM at the five star  Koerner Hall), Thursday 25 May 2016, it’s a Bach love affair, with Brad Mehldau premiering three pieces based on The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau plays the Koerner Hall tonight

For each piece, he will play the original Bach composition before it, so we can gauge the limits of Bach’s music flexibility under Mr. Mehldau’s touch.

“A superb classical technician, someone who can turn jazz standards into Bach-like fugues.” (The Guardian) Mehldau combines that affinity with his signature technical ability and command of structure and rhythm in his Three Pieces After Bach, a new work co-commissioned by The Royal Conservatory of Music/Koerner Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Dublin National Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall. In the balance of the program, Mehldau juxtaposes several canonical pieces from The Well-Tempered Clavier, featuring his own jazz compositions for solo piano — a rarity of expression by this masterful improviser.

To watch this concert’s Live at Koerner Hall livestream, go to: rcmusic.ca/livestream

Brad Mehldau’s Three Pieces After Bach are generously supported by Philip and Eli Taylor

The 21C Music Festival is made possible through the generous support of Michael and Sonja Koerner.

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