Frontiers: Hans Koller with BCMG

Frontiers: Hans Koller with BCMG

Frontiers Series

Date and time
12 Mar 2016 (8:00pm - 10:25pm)

CBSO Centre


£15 (£12) students £5, under 16s £1 plus transaction fee+ 

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John O’Gallagher* alto saxophone
Hans Koller* piano
Jeff Williams drums
Percy Pursglove double bass
Melinda Maxwell oboe / cor anglais
BCMG Players

Hans Koller Twelve Re-inventions for George Russell (World premiere / Jazzlines commission)*
Hans Koller Quartet set

Pianist and composer Hans Koller draws together the worlds of contemporary classical and jazz for the première of his new Jazzlines commission written for an ensemble combining his stunning jazz quartet with six virtuosic players from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Twelve Re-inventions for George Russell combines two theories from two different traditions, realising Koller’s developments in the use of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Theory supported by an approach developed by saxophonist John O’Gallagher, for the use of Twelve-tone theory and the music of  Webern in improvisational music.

‘I couldn’t believe how his music could be so intensely chromatic, and at the same time so groovy … Russell has a great way of making a whole bunch of wrong notes sound wonderful … only when I viewed Russell’s concept through the lens of a non-jazz theory [Webern] … that things fell into place. Nothing really ever happens in isolation.’ Hans Koller

There will be a free pre-concert talk from 7-7.30pm with Hans Koller and John O’Gallagher. Open to all ticket holders.

Please stay after the concert for a post-event Album release party until 11pm in the CBSO Centre foyer.