Project Zarathustra Big Band
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
$20.00 – $25.00
Project Zarathustra Big Band is the brainchild of Melbourne based pianist and composer Patrick Britton. The concept of the project is a musical adaptation of the notorious philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ into the style of big band music.
Throughout 2021 Patrick studied the book and other scholarly work, intent on understanding its masterful use of symbolism. He also studied the works of great traditional and modern Big Band composers such as Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Michael Abene, Jihye Lee, and Miho Hazama.
He worked with the visionary Armenian pianist/composer Vardan Ovsepian (L.A.) to translate concepts from the book into music, and the Grammy nominated arranger/composer/orchestrator Tim Davies (L.A.) to develop scores and discuss arranging ideas.
The result is ten compositions, each one composed in relation to the text, every musical occurrence having a relationship to themes and events.
The compositions vary in style, showcasing Patrick’s versatility as an arranger, and aids in communicating the changing moods of the fable to the listeners. His writing has been described as ‘filmic’, with audiences often seeing images in their mind when listening to his work.
With a band comprised of some of Melbourne’s leading jazz musicians, this is a gig not to be missed!
“The human is evil – thus spoke all the wisest to me in consolation. Ah, if only this were still true today! For evil is the human’s best strength. “The human being must become better and more evil’ – thus I teach.”
– Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 251