Jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble to play a distinctive fusion of jazz and sacred music in the Chapel on 2 October. The concert is the first UK concert of a world tour launching the new CD Officium Novum.
The inspired collaboration between Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble started in 1993 with the release of their Officium album. The album was a surprise success and sold over 1.4 million copies. Garbarek’s saxophone acted as free-ranging 'fifth voice' to the Ensemble's four male voices, and added new textures and harmonies to the ancient church music.
Mnemosyne (1998) took the story further, and expanded the repertoire beyond 'early music' to works both ancient and modern. Now Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble are releasing a new album, their first together for over ten years.
Officium Novum was recorded, like its predecessors, in the St Gerold monastery, Austria, and is released in September. The album is inspired by the music of Armenia, based on the adaptations of Armenian composer Komitas Vardapet (1869 - 1935). The pieces draw upon both medieval sacred music and the bardic tradition of the Caucasus. The Hilliards have studied these pieces in the course of their visits to Armenia, and the modes of the music encourage some of Garbarek’s most impassioned playing. The Chapel will provide a superb acoustic and visual background for this extraordinary concert.
The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £30, £22, £15, £10 (student standby £5). Tickets are available from the Shop at King's, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769 342). Please note there is a £2 surcharge for card transactions.