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| Vince Mendoza ‘Blauklang’
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special guest Maceo Parker, conductor Michael Abene

Vince Mendoza ‘Blauklang’

Vince Mendoza · compositions, conductor
Markus Stockhausen · trumpet
Claudio Puntin · clarinets, saxophones
Niels Klein · bass clarinet, baritone sax
Stéphane Guillaume · tenor, alto & soprano sax
Arkady Shilkloper · french horn
Jon Sass · tuba
Nguyên Lê · guitar
Ulla van Daelen · harp
Christopher Dell · vibraphone
Lars Danielsson · bass
Peter Erskine · drums
Gerdur Gunnarsdóttir String Quartet

The idea of Blauklang originates from a painting by the famous German artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902–1968). In close cooperation with WDR (West German Radio) the idea of this project became reality. The name of the painting ‘Blauklang’ (‘Bluesound’) already refers to the synaesthetic relationship between music and fine art. Grounded in the impact of colour, Nay’s abstract works have now taken on board the master of ‘tone painting’ Vince Mendoza. Mixtures of tonal colours and coloured tonest hat overlay a variety of harmonic and melodic voices shape a large part of his compositions. Mendoza rules over this sovereign play of light and shadow, brightness and darkness. Compositions and suites – and he is as much enamoured by the details as he treasures large arcing structures.
Once again Mendoza is able to find the balance between aspirations and expectations. His ability to satisfy the sophisticated listener with a popular first touch has made him one of the most sought-after arrangers and a giant in both jazz and pop (Björk, Sheryl Crow, Joni Mitchell, Ute Lemper, Elvis Costello, Dianne Reeves, the Yellowjackets, Michael and Randy Brecker, Jens Winther, Joe Zawinul). The composer-arranger who experienced his breakthrough with the Jazzpaña project works with some of the most prestigious musical organisations, bei it the WDR Big Band, orchestras in London, Paris and Berlin or as principal guest director of the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.