Consortium Carissimi once again pushes the envelope with their audacious project combining local jazz fusion with early Italian Baroque. A collaboration first presented in 2016, Consortium Carissimi commissioned jazz musician Jeremy Walker to compose new Madrigals set to texts by G.B. Marino (1569-1625), held to be one of the greatest Italian poets of all time.
Walker will perform with his jazz ensemble alongside the ethereal voices and period instruments of Consortium Carissimi. “It seemed an unlikely pairing in almost all respects,”Walker says of this collaboration. “Centuries, an ocean, a language, political systems, and even topography separate jazz and early Italian baroque music. There is however a shared improvisatory spirit between the figured bass and the jazz rhythm section.”
Performances will be held at St. Paul Conservatory of Music on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults, and people under 18 are free with a paid adult ticket. Seniors and MPR members can purchase tickets for $20; student tickets are $10 each. For more information about the performances, locations, and to purchase tickets, visit https://consortiumcarissimi.org.
Jeremy Walker is a composer and jazz pianist lauded for his compositions that blend jazz and classical elements through rich melodies and improvisation. Consortium Carissimi is entering its thirteenth season performing early Italian baroque music in the Twin Cities. Long thought lost or simply rarely performed, this repertory early baroque music, sacred and secular, firmly lays the groundwork for successive musical genres and styles.