What’s the connection between J.S. Bach and John Coltrane? And what if these composers were to meet? The evening-length work “Passion for Bach and Coltrane” explores these questions. Here, the creators of “Passion” tell us how.
Artist: Harlem Quartet
HARLEM QUARTET, praised for its “panache” by the New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer . The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed in 47 out of the 50 U.S. States, and toured throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Harlem Quartet has performed with luminaries such as Itzhak Perlman, Jeremy Denk, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Paquito D’Rivera, and in many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, they were invited by special invitation to perform for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
The musically versatile ensemble has also garnered an international reputation in the world of jazz having collaborated with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, in addition to featured guest artist appearances at the Detroit, Miami Nice, and Panama jazz festivals. Following a concert tour of twenty-five major cities, Harlem Quartet’s recording with Chick Corea and Gary Burton entitled “Mozart Goes Dancing” won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. Harlem Quartet is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management.
- New York, NY
Artist-in-residence at Royal College of Music in London