In this programme Baroque meets contemporary improvised music: the astonishing young piano virtuoso, Viktoras Paukštelis, will share the stage with the experienced jazz percussionist, Vladimir Tarasov. Both musicians also pursue successful careers as visual artists but this time they will try to find common ground by performing music from the eras almost three centuries apart. Paukštelis will weave the tapestry of Baroque keyboard pieces, featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Domenico Scarlatti and Georg Friedrich Händel, while Tarasov will add his masterful percussion embroidery on top of the delicate keyboard fabric. Thus unexpected improvisations and recognisable Baroque patterns will adorn the acoustics of the Klaipėda Concert Hall.
It is no secret that Baroque music and contemporary improvisation do have some features in common. For example, only the bass line is notated, while melody is carried out by adding various ornaments and flourishes, which provide variety and expressive intensity to that line, depending on the performer’s originality and dexterity. In other words, Baroque composers provided performers with much more freedom than, say, in the eras of Classicism and Romanticism when melodic embellishments, dynamic and tempo markings became largely notated. In this respect, Baroque and 21st century improvised music are quite similar in their nature and therefore seemed viable as elements in this daring fusion, conceived by Paukštelis and Tarasov.
We hope you will enjoy a gripping experience of listening to Baroque keyboard music and contemporary improvisations on percussion at one go!