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Modern String Quartet, new Album
The Rite of Swing

Upsolute Music Records 137, 2018

A Tritbute to Duke Ellington and Igor Stravinsky
With this new edition of “The Rite of Spring”, an attempt has been made to create a symbiosis between Igor Stravinsky und Duke Ellington. It seems, thereby, so natural and non-contradictory that the worlds of classical music, new music and jazz can cross borders, becoming integrated within Stravinsky’s works. Thus arise the energy and immediacy of this magnum opus in quite a unique way, conceiving “The Rite of Swing”. (Upsolute Music Records).

Joerg Widmoser – Stephan Holstein Quintet
The Music of Charlie Parker
Upsolute Music Records 138, 2019

A real opening night: An ecstatic celebration of Bebop unadulterated, accompanied by an inspiring violin, clarinet and piano trio.

The violinist Joerg Widmoser is known as a jazz soloist as well as a member of the “MSQ”. He has worked alongside with the clarinetist Stephan Holstein, whose projects in the last few years have focused on the jazz clarinet and its diverse possibilities.  In their new formation both musicians have devoted themselves to the modernizer of jazz in the 1950s – Charlie Parker. Together with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach and others Parker made such everlasting changes in jazz that from then on this Afro-American music has not only been regarded as being invigorating and full of vitality. It has also come to be seen as a treasure due to its high-grade creativity and artistic genius. Charlie Parker’s neck breaking improvisations as well as his highly demanding compositions made an imprint upon that then newly arising Bebop style of jazz. Today it is nearly impossible to play or imagine jazz without it being influenced in some way or other- even when indirectly- by Parker.

This holds true for both jazz individualists Widmoser and Holstein. They both enthusiastically celebrate the unique and timeless music of Charlie Parker when playing their sophisticated arrangements, virtuoso improvisations intertwined with their captivating interplay.

 

Fiddlers Camp in San Diego

Das Fiddlers Camp in San Diego ist in den USA die Adresse für die alternative Geigenszene in Übersee. Von Mark o´Connor ins Leben gerufen, treffen sich dort alljährlich Lehrer und Schüler unterschiedlichster Stilrichtungen. Joerg Widmoser wurde von Mark eingeladen dort vom 11.-18. August 2002 Jazzgeige unterrichten.
In der der Brandenburger Philharmonie werden die ersten Orchesterwerke von Joerg Widmoser für großes Orchester, Jazzrhythmusgruppe und Solovioline aufgeführt.

“Lange habe ich daran gearbeitet, aber ich glaube es wird richtig gut. Das Konzert ist am 2. Februar, anschließend ein ausführlicher Workshop für Jazzgeiger und solche die es werden wollen (2.-7. Februar)”
Der internationale Violin Summit 2002 findet wieder in Philadelphia statt. Die Legende Claude Williams, John Blake und Joerg Widmoser treten am 31. August 2002 in Philadelphia mit einer schwarzen Rhythmusgruppe zusammen auf und werden unter dem Namen “the three fiddlers” das Publikum wieder begeistern…