The Bad Plus record songs by Duke students, announce Dakota Christmas shows

The Bad Plus reading Duke graduate student pieces in Baldwin Auditorium
The Bad Plus reading Duke graduate student pieces in Baldwin Auditorium
Photo By Duke Photography

The Bad Plus have consistently been interested in pushing the boundaries of typical modern jazz music, reflected by their playful pop covers as well as their boundless experimental nature. Their new creative partnership with Duke University's Department of Music continues their inventive tradition, as the locally-based trio have just recorded a selection of songs written by Duke doctoral students in composition.

The Bad Plus' recordings of these four new compositions are a result of an ongoing partnership between the band and the university, which began with the trio's residency at Duke in 2010-11, where they delivered a world premiere performance of On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, which was commissioned, produced, and developed by Duke Performances.

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These four new recordings by the Bad Plus are currently streaming on the Duke Music Department website (and below), and have been released to celebrate the Bad Plus' upcoming grand return to Durham for two performances at Motorco Music Hall on September 21 and 22.

Recordings with Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and Dave King of The Bad Plus by Duke Music Department

The Bad Plus also have a new record of original compositions set to be released on September 25 entitled Made Possible.

The student compositions and composers are "What's Your Name and Number, Norma K.?" by Jamie Keesecker, "Untitled" by Alex Kotch, "Floes" by Dan Ruccia, and "Thetastate" by Kenneth David Stewart. The recorded pieces were a result of the collaborative blending of the composers musical goals as well as the Bad Plus' fresh, creative approach to the material, which led to a final recording session at Durham's Sound Pure Studios on March 28.

Composer Dan Ruccia had this to say about the unique artistic and instructional collaboration: "It was an incredible learning experience locking musical horns with such a creative group of musicians, and I couldn't be more excited about the results."

In addition to their upcoming dates in Durham, the Bad Plus have a full-scale tour of the U.S. and Europe throughout the fall and into the winter, culminating in their annual holiday season shows at the Dakota on December 27-29.

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