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Chanelling Bach

13 Nov 2014

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December 3rd 2014 – Melbourne Recital Centre

By Chloe Strahan

Daring duo Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black invite you to see Channelling Bach: The Goldberg Inventions show this December.

Life partners and musical duet Joe and Zoë are adding a fresh layer to the classical Baroque piece, without altering the original Goldberg Variation music.

Capturing the essence of Bach, composer and pianist Joe Chindamo will be performing the original and unaltered Goldberg Variation piece. Joe has composed another layer for violinist Zoë to perform on top of the original melody.

“I am playing Bach and Zoë is playing Chindamo” Joe said.

“It is like introducing another character into a Shakespearian play without altering the style of dialogue.”

The composition Joe has created is written in the same Bach style, so the changes do not feel like a dramatic transformation. Joe says that it creates a “Baroq experience for a modern audience. It makes it sound like the whole thing is freshly written.”

The duo have made music together for the past three years. Zoë Black is currently a part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and plays strictly classical music according to partner Joe.

“Zoe and I have an amazing musical connection. We challenge and inspire each other, and are each other’s muses” said Joe.

Described as a daring and semi-outrageous performance, the pair is quite confident that their alterations to the classical Bach piece will be well received.

“As a composer I thought it would be fun to take something from that era, and try and give a modern audience the same experience that an audience from that time might have had when they heard something like this for the first time.”

The duo’s latest album ‘Dido’s Lament’ was nominated for the 2014 Aria Awards for Best Classical Album. Upcoming album ‘Goldberg Inventions’ is hoped to be released by the end of this year.

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