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Free concert stream Sunday October 29

On Sunday October 29 we are going to broadcast another concert stream via Facebook. This Sunday you can enjoy ‘MO Big Band plays Monk’, the concert we played earlier this month in the MCO in Hilversum. At 20.15 CET, you can tune in and watch the concert.

Earlier this month, the Metropole Orkest Big Band honored jazz legend Thelonious Monk during four concerts. This year the American pianist would have celebrated his 100th birthday – a perfect reason for the MO Big Band to breathe new life into his nowadays’ still valuable compositions.

The idea for this small tour originally came from Japanese conductor and composer Miho Hazama. She put emphasis on the fact that Monk has not only been an amazing pianist, but that he should be remembered for his unique and creative compositions. “He wrote very innovative music of simple melody with inventive harmonies. Most of my arrangements will be orchestration from Monk’s piano solo performance.”

Some time passed, but with Miho, a woman was leading the MO musicians. “I don’t think that being a woman defines me as a conductor, at least ‘not purposely’. I think my identity is unique enough, and so I can’t help but showing it naturally. Precise to music form and hopefully colourful as well. Adding colours to music is always what I have in mind as a musician.”

 

In 2017 you can enjoy the Metropole Orkest more often. One Sunday evening of every month we are going to stream a concert via facebook or the MO app. This can either be a livestream or a stream of a concert that has been recorded in the past.