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Bach Conversations - Elissa Goodrich

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Album Description

 Newmarket Music is Proud to announce the release of the much anticipated reimaging of JS Bach’s Cello Suite No.3 by musician/composer Elissa Goodrich ‘Bach Conversation’ adapted for solo Marimba & duet conversations.

As the title suggests ‘Bach Conversations’ presents a journey into the myriad emotions, tensions and beauty of the Cello Suite No.3 through a serious of Bach Conversations.

A journey shared in beautiful responding duet improvisations with members of Elissa's acclaimed jazz ensemble ‘States of play’ and long-time colleague, sublime singer Ria Soemardjo.

 While the Marimba shares a similar timbre to the cello, by adapting the original cello score to this instrument, we immediately travel with Bach and with the Marimba into a distinct interpretation of Cello Suite No.3 with the extraordinary harmonic and melodic qualities that Bach’s suite leads us through.

 ‘Bach Conversations’ provides a unique musical opportunity to enter into new and rich conversations – transcending classical, contemporary and world idioms. These elements are combined with the expertise of critically acclaimed world guest jazz musicians whose expertise range across the idioms. 

The CD was recorded live over two days and with minimal editing to retain the performance spontaneity and improvisatory features of ‘Bach Conversations’ by sound engineer Russell Thomson, and produced by Elissa Goodrich.


Elissa Goodrich - Marimba & Vibraphone

Ria Soemardjo - Traditional Javanese and North Indian voice and Frame Drum

Phil Bywater - Tenor Saxophone

Tamara Murphy - Double Bass

Daniel Farrugia - Drums


Album Tracks:

1. Beginnings
2. Prelude
3. Conversation’s Prelude
4. Allemande
5. Conversation 1
6. Courante
7. Conversation 2
8. Sarbande
9. Conversation 3 Sarabande Sighs
10. Conversation 4
11. Bouree I II I
12. Coversation 5
13. Gigue
14. Conversation 6
15. Continuum Parts I & II

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