Saturday, January 25, 2014

David Krakauer and The Big Picture

David Krakauer isn't just one of the most versatile clarinet virtuosos of our time. He's always in pursuit of new collaborators, new fusions and new ways of presenting musical ideas. 

His latest project is called The Big Picture: A  Cinematic Concert. Here is what the Museum of Jewish Heritage has to say about this 8 concert series:

THE BIG PICTURE explores the relationship between music and movies, while reminding us of the contributions they’ve made to our lives. David Krakauer’s sensual, soaring, and daring interpretations of the music found in 12 of our favorite movies (Sophie’s Choice, The Pianist, Avalon, and more) transport the audience through time, appreciating the union of sound and image. The performance is accompanied by projected visuals that underscore and amplify the memory triggers of the music. 
“For me, it’s like putting on a new suit of clothes,” says Krakauer of The Big Picture. “And this project is also a way for me to connect the dots of all the music I’ve been playing throughout my career. So I’m very excited about this new step we’re taking.”
Having been showered with accolades for his groundbreaking work in classical music and new klezmer, Krakauer now finds himself at an artistic crossroads and is ready to enter into a new phase in his career. His next project, The Big Picture, may be his most adventurous to date. With an all-star crew of fellow musical renegades, Krakauer is reimagining familiar themes by such renowned film music composers as Marvin Hamlisch, Wojciech Kilar, and Vangelis, as well as interpreting melodic gems by the likes of Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Burns, John Kander & Fred Ebb, and Jerry Bock that have appeared in popular films. Having already contributed to films by directors Ang Lee and Sally Potter, Krakauer now takes on the challenge of bringing a modernist vision to tunes that resonate on a deeply emotional level with generations of moviegoers.

Tickets are $35, which is a little pricey. On the other hand, David Krakuer and theremin mad scientist Rob Schwimmer messing around with movies and music? I'm sold.  Get tickets here.


  1. Seems that DK responded positively to the famous question once posed by David Bowie: "Don't you wonder sometimes 'Bout sound and vision?"...
    Enjoy the show!

  2. There's the small matter of getting all the way to the bottom of the world, where the MJH is located. Alas....

  3. BTW I wound up playing Haken Continuum on the shows, not theremin this time...

    Rob S

    1. Dang, well, now I'm glad I didn't go! ;-)