The first in a stunning collection of Eric Whitacre s choral works conducted for the first time by Eric himself and performed by The Eric Whitacre Singers, Laudibus and friends.
Water Night is the new album from the visionary composer behind the Virtual Choir and follows up his Grammy award-winning album, Light and Gold. The Daily Telegraph, London, describes Whitacre as "that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original".
Crossover projects are the hallmark of the Sonux Ensemble. Together with the jazz-saxophonist Stefan Kuchel and the Sirius Quartet, the young men’s choir performs contemporary works. The Quartet members describe themselves as artists of improvisation who break out of the conventional vocabulary of sound for a string quartet. Most pieces on this CD were written especially for the Sonux Ensemble, and thus composed to the singers’ strengths. "We have worked on these pieces together with the composers, and given them their first performances over the course of the last five years. This disc features only world premiere recordings and, literally, unheard of choral music," the choir’s director Hans-Joachim Lustig notes.
Swing XXL, obsessive groove, demonic virtuosity, Eric Legnini shapes a jazz in perpetual movement really impressive. From hard bop to pure funk, the Belgian pianist has established himself as a reference of his instrument. A student of Richie Beirach, a disciple of Phineas Newborn and Herbie Hancock, Legnini is above all the nuclear weapon of the swing. And when the groove of the soul sets fire to his hands, he approaches a Les McCann and his technique is engulfed in powerful rhythmic meanders. With Waxx Up, he signs a new high of pure groove, to celebrate once again his passion for the soul and the funk of the seventies. "The wax is my source! My culture is the vinyl, the sample, the 70s, "assures this patented digger, which never misses an opportunity to rummage an LP crate. An enraged groove in which he embarked Yael Naim, Hugh Coltman, Charles X, Mathieu Boogaerts, Anaëlle Potdevin, Ibrahim Maalouf and, for four titles, Michelle Willis.