URI CAINE “Seven Dreams”
feat. MARK HELIAS and CLARENCE PENN
UMBRIA JAZZ ORCHESTRA, PERUGIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Umbria Jazz has commissioned an original project from Uri Caine which the American musician has entitled “Seven Dreams” to be realised with his trio (Mark Helias on bass and Clarence Penn on drums) and with the woodwinds of the Umbria Jazz Orchestra and the strings of the Perugia Chamber Orchestra.
Uri Caine’s piano playing, like his work as a composer and arranger, is made up of a thousand suggestions, from American song to the blues, from mainstream to avant-garde jazz, from klezmer to classical music, a genre that Caine has revised and interpreted according to his personal and innovative parameters, often “heretical” to the ears of purists. As demonstrated by his many projects published on record in recent years on compositions by Bach, Wagner, Schuman, Mozart, Mahler. Apart from his solo piano works, with his trio and the various bands he conducts, Caine has collaborated with some of the less conventional jazzmen (and not only them), such as Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Christian McBride, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers, Han Bennink. Also to be remembered are the albums and tours with Paolo Fresu, which brought him also to Umbria Jazz. At the same time Caine has worked with classical orchestras and cultural institutions that have commissioned him to do original work. Among others: Philadelphia Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Arditti Quartet.
An artist, therefore, who from the height of an eclectic culture, always in balance between tradition and modernity, is able to transcend codified genres to open up to a global vision of music.