Zoe Black and Joe Chindamo Announce New CD, DIDO'S LAMENT
Dido's Lament, the second CD from duo created by musical and life partners Zoë Black and Joe Chindamo, is not fusion or cross-genre but a new conversation. They incorporate the raw materials of many sources, creating an urbane and relevant 21st century classical music that is vibrant, passionate, and virtuosic.
"For many, classical music has become a showcase for museum pieces and in the quest to find new paths, cross-over projects have become increasingly popular, most of which succeed in creating 'a meeting of comfort zones'", says Joe. "Dido's Lament offers a new vision!"
Joe, best known as one of the world's foremost jazz pianists, is now establishing himself as an exciting contemporary composer in the classical world whilst Zoë is one of the leading violinists of her generation. This powerhouse duo has already gained a formidable reputation amongst audiences and the musical establishment as an important new voice in classical music performance.
The repertoire consists largely of the compositional work of pianist/composer Joe, who, aided and abetted by Zoë, a supremely gifted violinist, has seen him forge a completely new direction.
All the works are new in some capacity, except for Prokofiev's Five Melodies which is performed strictly as notated by Prokofiev himself. There's a new Chindamo original called Spiegelhaus and two concert arrangements of songs from the great American song book which in their new guise are only remotely related to the original or subsequent versions
Then there are new compositions that utilize pre-existing thematic material, such as Dido's Lament, Handel's Ombra mai fuand Nessun dorma. The practice of appropriating another artist's work in order to create something of one's own is a tradition that dates back to Bach. "This recording reignites this tradition in a new and relevant way," says Joe.
"Whenever elements of other composers' music have been used, our aim was to be faithful to the grandeur of the masters who created them," says Joe. "We've used their themes as 'plots' to create something new with a freshness which speaks unequivocally of Now."
"Informed by a thorough musicality and wide-ranging originality" CLIVE O'CONNELL , classical music reviewer for THE AGE
"When two great artists collaborate, you expect a magnificent result. What you don't expect, what you can't even imagine,
is the transcendent experience that awaits you when under the spell of Zoë Black and Joe Chindamo."
JAMES MORRISON AM, world renowned trumpeter
"A brilliant new voice - inspiring and inspired - in a clichéd world" JACQUELINE OGEIL harpsichordist & festival director