Zappa spielt für Bach (NL/USA)

Wednesday July 17th, 2024 - 20:00 St. Katharinen, Hamburg

The musicians for Bach – The Dutch are coming.

“We play the music we love” is the motto of the Zappa plays for Bach concert 2024 in Hamburg’s main church, St. Katharinen.

“Ensemble Fuse” from Amsterdam, a string quartet supplemented by bass and percussion, loves good music – and can present it with tremendous joy and precision. The program includes compositions by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, jazz gospel by Aretha Franklin as well as music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Simeon ten Holt and Frank Zappa. The professionally rearranged repertoire of the Dutch cross-border music cosmos is almost inexhaustible. They won the “Edison Classical Award” in 2019 and are now playing at international festivals.

Ensemble Fuse will develop its own program for St. Katharinen together with Napoleon Murphy Brock, singer, saxophonist and flutist (Mothers of Invention).

In an Amsterdam underground music club called ConFuse, music students from the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague came together under the name “Ensemble Fuse” for an unusual concert series from 2012 to 2016. As the “house band” of the Dutch music TV talk show Podium Paul Wittemann, they soon became known to a wider audience. Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Canal Festival, Philharmonie Haarlem etc. – 600 shows in six years.

The Ensemble Fuse will also perform at the Zappanale 2024 in Bad Doberan.
The main church of St. Katharinen is a historical place for the German-Dutch musical tradition. This is how the important baroque organists of the 17th century came to St. Katharinen, Heinrich Scheidemann and Johann Adam Reincken from the “Dutch School”. And the Dutch company Flentrop Orgelbouw reconstructed the original instrument from 2005 to 2013 in the project “An Organ for Bach”. The Dutch conductor and Bach expert Ton Koopmann is a member of the board of trustees of the Johann Sebastian Foundation (SJS).

The evening is arranged with a light show in the royal color orange, beer from our neighboring country is served together with Gouda cubes and Hamburg pretzels.

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