“Bach certainly would have loved Passo Avanti
says BR Klassik (Bavarian public classical radio) and NDR (North German public radio) reports:
“The quartet Passo Avanti renegotiates the musical parameters of existing pieces- this results in an exciting mixture of classical music and jazz. The meta-morphoses are humorous and brim with ideas. The joy of arranging and improvising is a key element, which immmediately infects the listeners.“
Passo Avanti brings classics to new life with tremendous joy and virtuosity; classics that were outrageously modern at their time. The socalled old masters, composers like Bach, Brahms and Verdi, were all musical pioneers, who loved to experiment and were open for new approaches. What kind of music would they make today? Passo Avanti lets us catch a glimpse of that. The quartet translates well-known works to a modern musical language and reshapes them without compromising their original spirit. On the contrary, the unique arrangements make the pieces as exciting as they were back then. In doing so, they never sound artificial or forced, but with inherent naturalness. When playing, the four musicians create a vivid dialogue between the individual voices, that brings out wonderful new nuances of the originals – they shine with new splendour. This splendour also reflects in the title of Passo Avanti’s second album: it relates to the pieces, the musical styles and to the musicians. Finest Blend, yes indeed.
Julia Bassler/Mario Korunic – violin
Alexander von Hagke – clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and piccolo
Vlado Grizelj – guitar
Eugen Bazijan – cello