02/04/14

The Bad Plus to Release “The Rite of Spring” March 25

Trio has performed the Stravinsky masterpiece numerous times in concert

The Bad Plus will release their long-anticipated interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring March 25 on Sony Music Masterworks, the label has announced. The trio—bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King—produced and arranged the work, which they recorded last June in Union City, N.J.’s Kaleidoscope Sound Studios with engineer Pete Rende. The executive producer is Darryl Pitt.

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The Bad Plus at the Triple Door in Seattle, October 2013. l. to r.: Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King

According to a press release, “In 2010, when commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University and Lincoln Center Out of Doors to create an evening-length work, the Bad Plus were reminded of their previous attempt at tackling a Stravinsky score when they recorded ‘Variation d'Apollon,’ from the composer's 1928 ballet, Apollo, on their 2009 release For All I Care. Emboldened by their past achievement, the group translated Stravinsky’s notoriously demanding score for piano, bass and drums.”

The release continues: “March 2011 saw Duke’s Reynolds Theater host the debut performance of the Bad Plus’ audacious version of Stravinsky’s score, dubbed ‘On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.’ The group performed The Rite 13 times in 2012, and then, in 2013—the centenary year of The Rite of Spring’s riotous 1913 premiere at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées—the Bad Plus toured ‘On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring’ to universal acclaim, including performances in Ireland, Canada, Israel, Norway and the Unites States. That same year also saw the trio accompanying the Mark Morris Dance Group at the annual Ojai North Festival for the world premiere of ‘Spring, Spring, Spring,’ choreographer Mark Morris’ acclaimed new adaptation of The Rite of Spring ballet.”

The Bad Plus plans international live dates through April, including two performances of The Rite of Spring alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, March 14th and 15. They are also confirmed to perform the piece in May in Phoenix, and will soon announce more appearances. For complete tour information, please visit The Bad Plus Tour Dates.

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