Modern Classical Moments with Bruce Hornsby at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Bruce Hornsby / Michael-Weintrob2

8:00 pm • Saturday, November 1st 2014
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Troy, NY

Yep. No need to look twice … this feature is about Steinway Artist Bruce Hornsby who’s known for just about everything from piano pop to bluegrass to jazz … for his associations with the Grateful Dead to the Noisemakers to his work with Ricky Skaggs and Wayne Shorter and his own trio, the Bruce Hornsby Trio … but not really classical music. However, the modern classical works have long been a fascination for him, and he’s not afraid to jump over our nice neat genre categorical record bin and today’s Internet tag labels to integrate “classical” into whatever he is creating.

In an interview with NPR’s Tess Vigeland as his new album “Solo Concerts” was about to be released (August 2014), the legendary Hornsby talked about why the modern, often avant-garde compositions are not as out of place in the pop artist’s repertoire as they might seem. In his words:

… this music that I’ve been so interested in for a good number of years now allows for a greater depth and variety of expression. If I’m singing a song that I’ve written about the snake-handling congregations of Appalachia, and it’s sort of a bluesy boogie piece, I could just play the standard sort of blues-based music in the right hand. But I feel like that’s a little straight, and goes down a little too easy. So I use that as an excuse to [include] these pieces. The Webern piece, which is very pointillistic, and the Carter piece, which is atonal and sort of a perpetual-motion piece—they feel to me like they’re evocative of the lyrics, evocative of the scene I’m painting with the words.  —Bruce Hornsby

The whole interview is really quite fascinating and shows how he has bucked the oft perceived rigidity of the classical world with his fluidity from one moment to the next gliding from one style to another or juxtaposing them. You can take a listen by clicking here.

“Solo Concerts” is an emotional musical merger of American history and Euro-centric daring in a two-disc demonstration of all this and more in which the various elements of Hornsby’s songwriting and instrumental styles align in highly personal ways. It is what he calls an “unholy alliance” of comforting Americana and daunting composition.

The featured works to be heard on Saturday night at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall fuses a wide variety of what Hornsby considers different “information” from musical languages often thought to be opposed: American “roots music,” folk-pop, film composing, and modern classical. The result, however, sounds effortlessly like one tremendously ambitious, and equally capable, piece.

Not sure about this? We dare you to be adventurous and go take a listen! You’re likely to hear Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, Elliott Carter, and perhaps a little bit of Charles Ives and a whole lot more all at the hands of the virtuosic and diverse piano man. Hope to see you there!

 

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