Thursday, November 6, 2014

Eric Hofbauer The Rite of Spring CNM 2014

Perhaps the most adventurous attempt at a renaissance fusion of what has been referred to as "third stream" music.
Brent Black /
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is a most ambitious piece found in classical literature. To attempt an improvisational fusion of the discipline of the classical with the early rudimentary foundations of improvisational music is unheard of...but Eric Hofbauer is not the ordinary guitarist. A true triple threat as instrumentalist, composer and educator it is clear that Hofbauer has a unique harmonic train of thought and hears a lyrical flow few of us will ever know.
While the music would at first listen seem deconstructed, there is a rich back drop and a large wall of sound that emerges from a primarily acoustic based ensemble. Orchestral light. The arrangements of some of the more familiar passages are variations on themes wrapped tightly in colors one can hear. The instrumentation is not conventional, the arrangements are slightly left of center and the presentation is perhaps the epitome of thinking outside the musical box.
Jazz and classical have an unspoken wall of theory placed between them. Guitarist Eric Hofbauer has just shattered the wall and raised the bar for modern composition across the board.
The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky
Personnel: Eric Hofbauer: Guitar; Jerry Sabatini: Trumpet; Todd Brunel: Bb Clarinet and Bass Clarinet; Junk Fujiwara: Cello; Curt Newton: Drums and Percussion