Do you know that feeling, when complex things are being explained to you in such a simple and clear way that you start loving it being complex? That what John Beasley’s “Simplexity” is about.
I was lucky to get to the premiere of this composition played at the Wiener Musikverein. Before going to the concert subconciously I had a doubt about how good the classical orchestra can represent the jazz piece. Might be, John Beasley had that kind of apprehension too. So what do you think he did? He just let classical musicians play what they are best at – classical music. And jazz cats played jazz. The most exciting thing was to watch them all harmoniously merging into one flow and creating music without any style borders.
I cannot forget to mention it seemed that everyone in the hall enjoyed it. You could see that excitement in the eyes of the string section when the bassist hit the Musikverein with the thrilling jazz solo; you could see the jazz-band wondering how a group of 126 people can play so tight (ORF Orchestra); finally you could see how ladies and gentlemen of a venerable age, who most likely came to enjoy Sibelius and Bernstein nodded their heads to the music beats.
To conclude all what was said above, I’d say that “Simplexity” is a movie – that’s how clear you can feel and understand the story described in this composition. I absolutely recommend to listen to it and share your opinion on it!
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