Spotlight on Friedrich Gulda
Watch the Austrian Embassy performance live HERE
Friedrich Gulda was a great star in the Viennese firmament from the 1940's until his death in 2000. He recorded the complete 32 Sonatas of Beethoven 3 times, recorded and often performed the complete Well Tempered Klavier of Bach, and works of Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, etc.
But startlingly for the time, he developed further interests in jazz, rock and roll, world music, performance art, and dance music. His recording, "Friedrich Gulda Live at Birdland" (1956) documented his collaborations with saxophonist Phil Woods, Jimmy Cleveland, Idrees Suleiman and others. Gulda also delivered an over-the-top pop-opera aria to Placido Domingo, wrote dark love songs in Austrian dialect, and composed extensively in a mix of popular, jazz, and classical styles.
On March 20, 2014, The Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, will host a concert that will attempt to reflect the broad spectrum of Gulda's interests and legacy. The performance will be previewed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company February 11, 2014.
Franz Schubert: 2 Impromptu's
Music of Gulda:
Marty Nau, sax/clarinet
Michael Bowie, bass
Lenny Robinson, drums
Burnett Thompson, piano
Burnett Thompson, Pianist; Marty Nau, Saxophone/clarinet