Tango to Takemitsu, The Influence of Jazz

Bebop, Klezmer, Tango, and the music of Bartók and Takemitsu may at first blush have little in common, and yet, all of them are deeply connected to American jazz music. In a fascinating and original program, the classical duo Marcolivia (Olivia Hajioff, violin; Marc Ramirez, viola) explore these diverse and intertwined musical threads.

Bebop was born out of the difficulties faced by jazz musicians during World War II: as musicians went overseas to fight, the surge in smaller ensembles led to this innovative style. When Yiddish musicians arrived to the States from Eastern Europe, they were strongly influenced by jazz and assimilated the style in their Klezmer compositions. Béla Bartók drew inspiration from jazz when he fled to the States, clearly demonstrated in Contrasts, which he wrote for Benny Goodman. Tango had a huge influence on jazz. In newer styles of tango, jazz blends with the influences of European classical music and Latin American folk music. Tōru Takemitsu grew up listening to his father’s jazz records every night. He acknowledged a great debt to Duke Ellington in particular, and asserted that the two greatest influences on his work were Japanese music and jazz.



Béla Bartók: Selections from the 44 Duos for Two Violins.

Benedikt Brydern: Bebop For Beagles for Violin and Viola.

Tōru Takemitsu: Rocking Mirror Daybreak for Two Violins.

Aleksey Igudesman: 5 Klezmer Duos for Two Violins.

Paul Coletti: Starlight for Violin and Viola


Sunday, November 212:00 PM Cafritz Hall

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