This will be the world premiere of Rio Amazonas, an exuberant, exciting and thought-provoking mix of jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves, baroque counterpoint and symphonic architecture which combine to provide a new category of contemporary music: classical music with a groove.
Composer and pianist Roland Perrin was commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus to write this piece inspired by the Amazon River and region; its topography, its multitude of insects, the mystery of its remote tribes, and the experiences of the different people arriving from afar. Performed by a heady mix of jazz trio, massed choirs, and string orchestra – Rio Amazonas should leave audiences reflecting on the need for humanity to learn to dance with the natural world rather than trample it underfoot. This event also features some classic Brazilian songs from A C Jobim, Rosa Passos and Ivan Lins, arranged for jazz trio and choir by Roland Perrin.
Hertfordshire Chorus gratefully acknowledges the support of the PRS Foundation for this concert.
This concert will finish at approximately 4.45pm
AC Jobim, Rosa Passos, Ivan Lins Five Brazilian Songs
Roland Perrin Rio Amazonas (world premiere)