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Brad Mehldau with Britten Sinfonia

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One of the great improvisers of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau premieres a new piano concerto, commissioned by the Barbican, alongside Britten Sinfonia.

He’s a pianist that’s really able to get under the skin of music, finding new beauty in old melodies – not just with jazz standards, but also in his interpretations of Bach, bluegrass and Radiohead. This talent is turned to classical repertoire as he opens the show, performing and improvising around the music. In the second half of the concert, his imagination in full flow with his new piano concerto with Britten Sinfonia, his dizzyingly virtuosic, pop and rock-referencing pianism backed by vivid orchestration.

Mehldau has always been a musician with omnivorous taste, and classical music has always been a major component of that. Most recently, a string of performances and a commission, Three Pieces After Bach, led to this year’s album After Bach, comprising pieces from The Well-Tempered Clavier followed by Mehldau’s 21st Century response.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and running time will be confirmed closer to the event.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.10pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Britten Sinfonia

Co-commissioned by Orchestre national d'Île-de-France and Jazz à la Villette Festival; L’Auditori de Barcelona; The Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland (Jazztopad Festival); Barbican and Britten Sinfonia; Philharmonie Luxembourg and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel Artistic Director.

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