Virtuoso pianist Makoto Ozone and leading Scots actor Tam Dean Burn join the SNJO for a cavalcade of family concerts that feature fresh jazz
Virtuoso pianist Makoto Ozone and leading Scots actor Tam Dean Burn join the SNJO for a cavalcade of family concerts that feature fresh jazz interpretations of two eminently familiar pieces of popular classical music: first Prokofiev’s cautionary tale of Peter and the Wolf, with narration in Scots that has been specially written by former Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead, and then followed by Saint-Saëns’ famous Carnival of the Animals given an original spin by composer Makoto Ozone.
Peter and the Wolf is widely adored as a children’s classic and has been translated into the jazz idiom by Tommy Smith who understands the power of music to tell a story. His jazz version of Peter and the Wolf will remain true to Prokofiev’s premise that particular instruments are allocated to each character and these original performances promise a wonderful evening of spoken word and descriptive music suitable for all.
Makoto Ozone’s vivid re-imagining of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals for jazz instrumentation will delight young listeners and bring the composer’s animal cavalcade to life in ways that not even Saint-Saëns himself could possibly have imagined.A dizzying, dazzling, zoological carnival that might have been built for the benefit of jazz musicians: it is not difficult to imagine the different instruments in the SNJO creating pictures in sound, and conjuring creatures from just a few notes. Quite how it will sound is anybody’s guess, but with Makoto Ozone involved, it’s guaranteed to be fast, furious and enormous fun.