Project Description

Baroque’n Jazz

Baroque music is more free in nature due to the principle of continuo playing than music composed in the following eras. Here 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.

From the 20th century, with the emergence of new musical genres, such as the blues and jazz, come new variants of harmony, rhythm and improvisation techniques, which, however, are not notated. In modern jazz, where there is more distance from classical harmony and modal improvisations leave more room for the soloist, numerous fusions and further developments emerge in the course of time, which continue to this day. For example, the “Baroque Jazz” style developed by the French pianist Jacques Loussier, which adapts compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach.


We not only combine baroque with jazz, but also use new elements from electronic music and hip hop. A jazz quartet meets baroque strings, theorbo, colascione and a DJ. The mezzo-soprano Laila Salome Fischer, who is specialized in baroque music and who has started a steep career in this music field, worldwide and is a permanent soloist of the Pera Ensemble, gives this fusion the necessary touch. 

A new sound culture, which connects 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 lament accompanied with 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 soulfully 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, embedded in fiery jazz licks.

With this project we want to open new ways to bring classical music with jazz and electronic elements to a wide audience. Both music genres have unfortunately been displaced by pop music and are not perceived especially by young listeners. Modern grooves with virtuoso accompaniment and soulful and expressive vocals of the soprano create new modern sound worlds, where many will surely snap their fingers and will certainly dance to it. No dry and boring academic performance; joy of playing, and strengths of both worlds unite 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 takes a very important part in oriental music. Thus, the musical bridge to the baroque but especially to jazz is built. Modal highly virtuosic improvisations line up with jazz and baroque length. 

A never before heard sound experience awaits us.