Improvising Matisse –
The Matisse Jazz Project is music inspired by the iconic cut paper collages of Henri Matisse published in 1947 as Jazz. The twenty pieces composed by pianist Christopher Bakriges correspond to each of the Matisse Jazz cutouts and his writings. Matisse viewed jazz as a “chromatic and rhythmic improvisation” and evoked the idea of a structure of rhythm and repetition broken by the unexpected action of improvisations. Matisse wrote, “There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.” Bakriges leaves his own stunningly touching and virtuosic homage to the legacy of a leading figure in modern art.
“I was almost breathless as I listened to the works, sometimes melodious, other times, cutting edge like the blades of scissors…to this day, I carry the music with me, still not believing the work was improvisational.”
–Carol Dine, Author, Van Gogh in Poems Read more reviews here