Yesterday Joshua Redman opened (Joshua’s words) Hakon’s gig in London, at the beautiful Wigmore Hall. It’s not so uncommon anymore to hear mix of jazz and hip hop, jazz and rap, jazz and rock, jazz and classics, jazz and folk, etc etc, but mixing jazz with opera came as a surprise. You may think these two styles are so distant, that there is not even a possibility of having a conversation between them. But, as Hakon is proving, jazz and opera can not only talk to each other, but also produce an enjoyable musical experience. This clearly was a special gig; also from audience’s perspective – just imagine jazz enthusiasts and opera fans sitting together..
Fascinating. And his TED talk is funny too. check out.