A jazz-infused Passion for the modern age—inspired by a masterpiece of the Baroque.
By blending jazz improvisation with classical tradition, Australia's leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra, has invented a compositional genre all of its own. In Passion, members of the Melbourne-based orchestra join an ensemble of brilliant Canadians (including composer and sound artist Nicole Lizée) for an adventurous homage to one of the masterpieces of classical oratorio—J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
Structured in five movements, each composed by a different member of the group and linked by brief chorales, Passion is designed to evolve significantly from performance to performance, a dazzling example of this unique ensemble’s innovative approach to music-making.
Australian Art Orchestra: Passion (Canadian premiere)
Nicole Lizée: new work (world premiere)