Jacques Loussier La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

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Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier's Two Musical Loves Bend, Blend in Unique Ways He calls himself the “grandfather of crossover music," and tomorrow, veteran French jazz pianist/composer Jacques Loussier presents his latest example, “Divertimento," at La Jolla Music Society SummerFest. “I am unable to say whether it is jazz or classical - it is simply music," says Loussier, 73, in charmingly accented English. “Every time I play it, it will be different. That is the good thing about improvisation. You never get bored because it is always changing."

Commissioned by the festival, “Divertimento" will receive its world premiere as part of “Jazz at SummerFest: Jacques Loussier Trio," slated for the Birch North Park Theatre. While Loussier's three-movement format (Allegro, Andante, Finale) isn't unusual, his instrumentation is so unconventional that he says he has never before heard of such a combination.

He and the other members of his trio (bassist Marc Buronfosse and drummer Andre Arpino) will be joined by festival violinists SoJin Kim and Shih-Kai Lin, violist Elzbieta Weyman, cellist Yves Dharamraj and bassist Mark Dresser. Blending jazz and classical techniques, the piece contains both improvisation (by the trio) and written notation (played by the string quintet). Tomorrow's program includes Loussier's take on such pieces as Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor and the cantata “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" ("Wake up, the voice calls to us").

“Jazz at SummerFest: Jacques Loussier Trio"
La Jolla Music Society SummerFest
When: Friday, August 15th
Where: Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park
Tickets: $15 to $50
Phone: (619) 239-8836

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