Passion for Bach and Coltrane is a work for wind quintet, string quartet, piano, double bass, percussion and orator. Inspired by A.B. Spellman book of poems, “Things I Must Have Known", Passion for Bach and Coltrane fuses the themes of religion and mortality with the works of J.S Bach and John Coltrane.
Blending Spellman’s words with a musical collaboration between Imani Winds, Harlem Quartet and other jazz musicians, this seven-movement work draws on classical and jazz influences alike—particularly Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” Passion explores the influence of spirituality on the art of these masters and asks the inevitable question, "What if Bach and Coltrane were to meet?" It challenges the performer and listener to be comfortable with the seemingly polar opposites of the musical spectrum presented as equals.
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