Baroque music in refined jazz arrangements. Monteverdi and Purcell to modern swing beats and electronic sounds. Improvisations to a Ciaccona by Castaldi, a Largo by Barbara Strozzi underlaid with jazz sounds and the oriental sounds lead us into a new sound culture.

At the end of October we will produce the CD…

Baroque music is freer in texture due to the principle of continuo playing than music composed in the following epochs. There is room for ornamentation, phrasing and improvisation. Especially in the cantatas and instrumental works of the early Baroque, these elements are much more present. From the Viennese Classical period onwards, ornamental improvisation disappears and exact notation, which prescribes to the performers exactly how the music is to be performed, gains in importance.A new sound culture that combines yesterday, today and tomorrow in a symbiosis. Sophisticated arrangements with many facets of jazz, as well as a mixture of spherical sounds, filigree swing, electronic DJ interjections and baroque melodies. Improvisation to a baroque Ciaccona, a Monteverdi Lamento accompanied by jazz harmonies.

No, non fuggire by Scarlatti powerfully and passionately staged, arranged with modern rhythms and new sounds, or Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa, gently and sensitively accompanied by a jazz piano and baroque continuo playing. Handel’s Vo far from the opera Rinaldo with virtuoso colleratures, a crystal clear voice sung by Laila Salome Fischer, embedded in fiery jazz licks.

With this project, we want to create new worlds of sound in order to bring classical music with jazz and electronic elements to a broad audience. Both music genres have unfortunately been displaced by pop music and are not perceived by young listeners in particular. Modern grooves with virtuoso accompaniment and soulful and expressive vocals by the soprano create new modern sounds that are sure to have many snapping their fingers and certainly dancing to them. No dry and boring academic performance; joy of playing, and combining strengths of both worlds as a musical symbiosis. Entertainment in classical music and jazz at the highest level: that is Baroque ‘n’ Jazz.

Of course, what makes the Pera Ensemble special is its connection to the Orient. Improvisation plays a very important part in oriental music. Thus the musical bridge to the Baroque but especially to Jazz is built. Modal, highly virtuosic improvisations are combined with jazz and baroque length.

A sound experience never heard before awaits us.