Kitchen Baroque - Sample 4 by Kitchen Orchestra published on 2013/05/21 19:26:16 +0000 Premiered as a sold-out event under Stavanger International Chamber Music festival August 2011, Kitchen Baroque was a commissioned work under the compositional direction of Nils Henrik Asheim. A meeting between Baroque grooves and contemporary improvisation Stavanger Baroque and Kitchen Orchestra join forces to reveal new potential in three hundred year old music. Six skilled Baroque specialists of varied international background are seated on the left side of stage – on the right side, six improvising musicians from Stavanger, with rock, jazz and classical background, from the adventurous musical collective Kitchen Orchestra. In the middle, a percussion player bridges the two styles. The instrumentation is set up to correspond by pairs – for example, the innovative and very personal vocal style of Stine Janvin Motland is the strange mirror image of the beautiful soprano of Elin Aase. It is important for composer Nils Henrik Asheim, who also conducts the project, to be honest towards the musical traditions. So the starting point is to let the Baroque musicians do what they do best, and letting the contemporary musicians play a counterpart to their music instead of messing with it. Excitingly, things happen as the two cultures clash. Raw, burlesque scenes, open fights, queer reminiscences of tango, dixieland or marches may occur without warning. It reveals a melancholic beauty with an edge, where classical harmony is extended with intriguing modern soundscapes – as if Baroque paintings were rendered with the means of modern video techniques.