The Eco-Music Big Band is proud to present Jazz Stravinsky: a jazz reimagining of Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale). Featuring the actor John Palladino (Orange Is The New Black, The Experimenter), A Soldier's Tale is based on a parable in which a soldier trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain. Originally scored for violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, and actor, the music will take on new life and bring the message of this work into the 21st century.
The overarching message of the piece is alarmingly relevant- as though it were written for the current social strife in which the world finds itself:
To have it all is not allowed.
Your lot contains one happiness;
To look for more brings less, far less.
The Eco Music Big Band has historically performed socially relevant music- from anti police brutality works to works focusing on agricultural justice in the developing world, the band has always sought to shine a light on injustices. In this project, the group seeks to bring healing and perspective to one of the most prescient issues of our time, that of income inequality. To reimagine Stravinsky in a jazz idiom is the most natural thing that can be done with his music; not only did he frequently reference jazz musically, he anecdotally spilled his scotch in happiness when Charlie Parker quoted the Rite of Spring over the standard Salt Peanuts. To bring Stravinsky’s score from the hallowed halls of concert music to the grunge laden jazz rooms of New York City and back again will create a space for young and old, activist and passive citizen, art music lover and theatre patron alike to share in the power that is L’Histoire du Soldat.