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Konrad Koselleck & Konrad Koselleck Big Band

the composer

Konrad Koselleck

the symphony

Bruckner No. 6

the ensemble

Konrad Koselleck Big Band

Fri. September 13, 22.30

Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam

the composer

Konrad Koselleck

Bandleader Konrad Koselleck, born in Heidelberg, Germany, is renowned as one of the top arrangers in the Netherlands. For every show or artist, he writes new arrangements or sometimes even complete compositions. His refined approach showcases enthusiasm, humor, boundless craftsmanship, and a great sense of entertainment. While the big band may traditionally be a jazz orchestra, Konrad Koselleck understands better than anyone that this traditional brass and rhythm section has much more to offer. As a teenager, Konrad switched from trumpet to piano, later graduating as a jazz pianist from the Hilversum Conservatory. He then graduated as an arranger/composer of light music at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Konrad believes it is important not to try to surpass the composer when approaching or arranging a composition but to show respect for the original material. For the temporarily disabled saxophonist Ties Miedema, he recomposed Ravel’s left-hand concerto for saxophone. Duke Ellington’s approach to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is also an example for Konrad. Bruckner is new for Konrad; he will delve into “Bruckner’s Keckste” (nickname for the Sixth) and envisions his swirling Big Band performing the piece. Top trombonist Bastiaan Woltjer will assist Konrad in this highly unusual process for everyone.

Bastiaan will co-compose and contribute to Konrad’s composition inspired by Bruckner 6. Bastiaan has several compositions and arrangements to his name, including the musical theater MARIA, MARIA, MARIA, and the chamber opera Het Boompje. He is a trombonist and has played in various bands, such as Spinvis and the Willem Breuker Kollektief. He will also be prominently present and perform with the Konrad Koselleck Big Band during the Festival!

the ensemble

Konrad Koselleck Big Band

The music of the Konrad Koselleck Big Band connects. This leading orchestra offers its audience inspiring, adventurously programmed, and groundbreaking concerts that are artistically, emotionally, and socially relevant. The Konrad Koselleck Big Band aims to reach multiple target groups and cultures with a distinctive artistic and social signature, using music as a connecting element.

FAVORITE YOUTUBE VERSION

symphony no. 6

Perhaps the symphony with Bruckner’s happiest music. Listen especially from minute 2:00 to minute 5:40 in this Adagio. Happy music, indeed, with a shadow side. Be sure to listen further!

Symfonie No. 6 Thomas Dausgaard Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. II. Adagio