Johanna Summer © Gregor Hohenberg
Johanna Summer © Gregor Hohenberg
Johanna Summer

Performers


Program

21.30
“Resonances II”
improvisations on Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Ravel & Co.

This concert has no intermission.

Description

Her music is freely improvised like jazz but sounds more like classical music. Rather than take jazz standards as the starting point for her pianistic excursions, Johanna Summer draws on classical piano pieces by composers from Bach and Schubert to Scriabin and Ligeti, reimagining it in a remarkably inventive way. “I don’t play these pieces in the conventional sense — the way they were composed — but improvise with the material contained in them, trying to look at it from different perspectives,” as the young German pianist explains her approach. Sometimes she “sinks her teeth” into particular motifs; at others she sets her own ideas as a counterpoint to the original. But whatever she does, it always results in something new and idiosyncratic: “Music that is stylistically located somewhere in between, drawing on classical music but in the spirit of jazz. Music that breaks free from the composition written down in a score as well as from conventional jazz harmonies,” as Der Spiegel remarks. “This woman is a giant!” enthuses Igor Levit, who immediately invited Johanna Summer back following her inspiring performance at the inaugural Piano Fest.


Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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