Fast Future (fall 2022)
3 december 2022
On December 3 and 4 2022, Jong Metropole played the fall concerts Fast Future with the American jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin. McCaslin is probably best known for his acclaimed work as bandleader on David Bowie's album Blackstar. The members of Jong Metropole, the best students of the Dutch conservatories, were led by conductor Jochen Neuffer in December.
On Saturday evening, December 3, the concert in Tilburg was preceded by an introduction. The music students of Jong Metropole put questions to Donny McCaslin. McCaslin worked with David Bowie and influenced Bowie with his jazz background. Conversely, pop music also influenced jazz. The interview was about these influences. Sound clips were heard from Sting and Kendrick Lamar, among others.
3 December Tilburg | photo's Veerle Bastiaanssen
On Sunday, December 4, Jong Metropole played to a sold-out crowd at Rotterdam's LantarenVenster. With great energy and enthusiasm, the young musicians played a daring fusion of jazz, rock and electronica.
4 December Rotterdam | photo's Veerle Bastiaanssen
McCaslin is probably best known for his acclaimed work as bandleader on David Bowie's album Blackstar. Inspired by the legend's words and vision, McCaslin explores a new artistic approach in his most recent album, "Blow," among others. "Before working with David Bowie, this way of composing didn't seem possible to me," McCaslin said. The saxophonist challenged the young musicians of Jong Metropole by drawing them into his bold fusion of jazz, rock and electronica, setting the tone with his improvised alternative style.
Drummer Nikolas Tsangaris was literally and figuratively the center of attention during Fast Future. He won the Keep an Eye Foundation's Outstanding Talent Award. He received the award from the hands of Jochen Neuffer with the words, "This year's Keep an Eye outstanding talent award goes to a musician who occupies a central position in the orchestra and connects all sections. A hard-working, open-minded and curious musician, who holds and drives the orchestra together."
Read more about Nikolas and his award here.
Jong Metropole is made possible in part by Keep an Eye Foundation, the Print Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Hilversum Media Stad.