- Jarek Smietana (guitar)
- Krzysztof Dziedzic (percussion)
- Michal Baranski (double bass)
- Nigel Kennedy (violin, verbal)
- country:United Kingdom
- type:Band, Solo, Composer/Songwriter
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Territory: Germany / Austria / Switzerland
Period: 2012: 23. - 27. October / 18. - 15. November --- 2013: April
From studying at the Juilliard School to reinventing the music of Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix, and in between stunning the classical world with repertoire from Bartok to Vivaldi, Nigel Kennedy has always been driven by his passion for musical diversity.
While the first album of his Nigel Kennedy Quintet 'Blue Note Sessions' (2006) focused on interpreting compositions from past masters of the jazz repertoire, for his seconde NKQ CD 'A Very Nice Album' (2008) Kennedy steped to the fore as composer as well as improviser. He himself admited that some people might not call all the songs I've written jazz, and he was not afraid to test the term to destruction as the compositions roam from blues and bebop to ballads and bossa-nova, interspersed with an occasional blast of metal.
The latest Nigel Kennedy Quintet album 'SHHH' (EMI 2010) confirms the maverick status and omnivorous musical taste of one of Britain's finest and most unpredictable musicians. Collaborating on one of the album's outstanding and most surprising tracks is Boy George.
Bach /Fats Waller
In his new project Nigel Kennedy presents a musiacl program which celebrates works from Johan Sebastian Bach as well as from the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller. The concert starts with Bach's work Paritat II, d-minor for solo violin, afterwards he will play his own arrangements of the music of Fats Waller together with guitar, drums and double bass.
"Playing Bach and Fats Waller on one show is a dream for me two amazing keyboard players, both masters of harmony and melody." Nigel Kennedy
International violin superstar Nigel Kennedy presents the solo works of Bach followed by arrangements of Kennedy's own works for violin, guitar, bass and percussion.
Nigel Kennedy violin
Jarek Smietana guitar
Michal Baranski double bass
Krzysztof Dziedzic percussion
Nigel Kennedy's release of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' from 1989 is still one of the best-selling classical work of all time. One more reason, to pick up and develop this music in his project.
New Album: Summer 2012 (Sony)
Nigel Kennedy & Kroke
After the successful tour of Kennedy & Kroke in 2003 and 2004 and their CD 'East meets East' (EMI 2003), Kennedy now goes again on stage with the pioneers in Klezmer and folk style. The addition of Kennedy's violin adds spectacular excitement with each piece of music offering something fresh and striking: Music full of melancholia, infectious dance rhythms and stunning melodies: Klezmer meets Folk meets Classic.